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NBA action is back, that is no different for the G-League. Following a 12-game Disneyworld expedition, the Oklahoma City Blue are prepped for another season of play, and per team release — their regular-season schedule is out.
The Oklahoma City Blue will have a new place to call home yet again as their previous landing space, the Cox Convention Center, was contracted and purchased by Prairie Surf Studios back in January. Instead of packing their bags for a return in Tulsa, the Blue’s new home lies just across the street at the Paycom Center.
In sharing the same venue as their NBA affiliate, Oklahoma City Thunder, the teams will share the space on 15 different occasions throughout the Blue’s regular season.
The Blue will jump right into action inside the Paycom Center, as similarly to last season, they will kick-off play against the Salt Lake City Stars on November 7, facing them again on November 9. The Blue’s debut stretch marks one of ten baseball sets (5 home, 5 road) while one of which versus the Texas Legends will see the Blue venture to Frisco on January 17, and then square off in Bricktown on January 19 and January 21. The Blue are also expected to face the prospect-packed G-League Ignite team on December 3 and December 5 in Walnut Creek.
In a new twist to G-League play, all 29 franchises plus the G-League Ignite team will take part in the Showcase Cup for the first 14 games of the season. The Showcase cup divides the G-League into four different regional pods in which 12 of each teams’ games will face inter-region opponents. After the 14th game of play, the top team from each region along with the next four-best overall teams will play in a single-elimination tournament from December 19-22 while non-qualifying teams will play two contests outside of the tournament.
After the conclusion of the Showcase Cup, the G-League will tee off a 36-game regular-season. The top six regular-season teams will advance to the G-League Playoffs.
The Oklahoma City Blue’s roster is set for a facelift heading into next season as members in Moses Brown, Omer Yurtseven, and Ryan Woolridge, among others, have already inked professional deals to play elsewhere. In their places, two-way additions Aaron Wiggins and Paul Watson Jr. appear to be taking a hefty portion of the load while Thunder signee Vit Krejci is rumored to see some time in G-League.
The complete listing of the Oklahoma City Blue’s schedule can be found here.