American Announces 2019-20 Conference Basketball Pairings


Courtesy of Wichita State University Athletics

The American Athletic Conference released home and road pairings for its 2019-20 men’s basketball schedule Wednesday morning.

Under the league’s 18-game, unbalanced format, WSU plays home-and-home series with seven conference rivals and faces four others once-each.

The Shockers will not visit ECU or Tulane next winter. Likewise, UConn and SMU are not slated to appear at Charles Koch Arena.

Home-and-home opponents include: UCF, Cincinnati, Houston, Memphis, USF, Temple and Tulsa.

Pairings are annually determined by television inventory and contractual requirements, competitive issues/NET/NCAA bid implications and geographic rivalries. A great effort is made to achieve balance with the strength of home and away opponents for each team, as well as overall strength of schedule with peer teams.

The league traditionally announces dates, times and television assignments by early September.

The Shockers’ four one-off opponents occupied the bottom-four spots in the 2019 league standings. By contrast, six of WSU’s seven home-and-home opponents qualified for postseason play in 2019. Houston, Cincinnati, UCF and Temple were NCAA tournament teams. Fifth-place Memphis played in the NIT, and USF won the CBI championship.

WSU (22-15, 10-8 American) returns three starters and seven of the top-nine scorers from last year’s NIT semifinalist.

To learn more about 2019-20 Wichita State men’s basketball season ticket packages, contact the Shocker Ticket Office at 316-978-FANS or visit

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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