Mountaineer men’s basketball schedule released

MORGANTOWN – West Virginia University will play 15 home basketball games, with every Big 12 team visiting the coliseum once, the school announced in releasing its full schedule Thursday.

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Although the television schedule is incomplete, with additional games expected to be televised nationally, the Mountaineers are already scheduled to play 22 games on television, including all 18 Big 12 conference games.

In addition to conference play, LSU (SEC/Big 12 Challenge), Virginia Tech, Monmouth, Lafayette, College of Charleston and Wofford will visit Morgantown in non-conference action.

WVU will play three games in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Mountaineers will open the tournament against George Mason before facing either New Mexico or Boston College a day later. On the final day, WVU will face either Connecticut, Dayton, Texas A&M or College of Charleston.

The Mountaineers will return to Madison Square Garden to participate in the Gotham Classic against N.C. State on Dec. 20. WVU will play two more neutral site games in Charleston against Marshall and VMI. West Virginia will play a road game at Northern Kentucky on Dec. 7.

“Once again, this year’s schedule for coach (Bob) Huggins and his team is very competitive from start to finish,” Athletic Director Oliver Luck said in a release from the school. “I’m pleased that we already have 22 games slated for national television, and I’m delighted that we will have 17 regular season games in our state. We all know how exciting Big 12 basketball is, and the trip to Puerto Rico against quality competition and getting back to Madison Square Garden to face N.C. State as well as hosting Virginia Tech and LSU certainly highlight the non-conference schedule.”

West Virginia will open the regular season Nov. 14 at home against Monmouth and will open Big 12 action on Jan. 3 at TCU.

WVU will play its first Big 12 home game against Iowa State on Jan. 10 and will conclude the Big 12 schedule against Oklahoma State at home on March 7.

West Virginia will play one exhibition game against Shepherd on Nov. 9.

“This is another competitive schedule for our guys and also one where our great fans will enjoy seeing our guys at home and on the road with our following of Mountaineer fans,”Huggins said in the release. “The non-conference schedule presents some interesting matchups for our team and for our fans, and every Big 12 game is a grind every time you take the floor. The Big 12 Conference has done a wonderful job in scheduling with only three weekday conference games while school is in session so our guys won’t miss as much class, in addition to the two-game trip to start conference play before we start the spring semester.”

The rest of the game times and complete television schedule will be announced at a later date. All dates and times are subject to change for television.