WVU 2017-18 Men’s Basketball Schedule Released
West Virginia University director of athletics Shane Lyons and the Big 12 Conference have released the 2017-18 men’s basketball schedule. WVU will open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 10 in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany, against Texas A&M in the Armed Forces Classic on ESPN, marking the first college basketball game of the season.
In the Big 12/SEC Challenge, Kentucky will make just its third visit to Morgantown and first since 1970, while Virginia will make its first visit to the WVU Coliseum since 1985.
Even though the television schedule is incomplete and additional games are expected to be televised nationally, the Mountaineers are already slated for 23 regular season games on national television, including three on ESPN’s Big Monday (Kansas, at Oklahoma, at TCU) and at home vs. Texas on CBS.
The Backyard Brawl returns for the first time since the 2012 season when the Mountaineers travel to Pitt on Saturday, Dec. 9. WVU and Pitt will play a non-conference game for the first time since 1994. WVU will play three games in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, over Thanksgiving in the AdvoCare Invitational. WVU opens against Marist on Thanksgiving and will play either Nebraska or UCF a day later. The Mountaineers will close out the tournament against either St. John’s, Oregon State, Missouri or Long Beach State on Sunday, Nov. 26.
The Mountaineers will play 18 season games at home, with every Big 12 team visiting Morgantown. In addition to conference play, American, Morgan State, Long Beach State, NJIT, Virginia, Coppin State, Fordham, Kentucky and Wheeling Jesuit (exhibition) will play at the WVU Coliseum.
“We are excited to open the college basketball season in Germany, having Virginia and Kentucky come to the Coliseum for the first time in years, spending Thanksgiving in Florida and renewing the Backyard Brawl in non-conference action,” coach Bob Huggins said. “In conference play, we have a lot of Saturday-Monday games that will help prepare us for the postseason. Once again, we have a bunch of games (23) on national television, and Pitt and Kentucky will make at least 25 of our 31 games on national television. This is obviously a tough schedule, but it’s a schedule that will once again showcase our basketball program, our University and the great state of West Virginia.”
WVU will play its first Big 12 game at Oklahoma State on Dec. 29 and will conclude the Big 12 schedule at Texas on March 3. WVU opens Big 12 play at home vs. Oklahoma on Saturday, Jan. 6.
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.
The WVU men’s basketball schedule as of Aug, 31, 2017:
Day Date Opponent Location TV Time
Fri Nov. 10 vs. Texas A&M & Ramstein, Germany ESPN 6 p.m.
Wed Nov. 15 American Morgantown TBA
Sat Nov. 18 Morgan State Morgantown TBA
Mon Nov. 20 Long Beach State ^ Morgantown TBA
Thurs Nov. 23 vs. Marist % Lake Buena Vista, Fla. ESPNU 8:30 p.m.
Fri Nov. 24 vs. Nebraska/UCF % Lake Buena Vista, Fla. ESPN2/ESPN3 5/7:30 p.m.
Sun Nov. 26 AdvoCare Invitational % Lake Buena Vista, Fla. ESPN2/ESPNU TBD
Thurs Nov. 30 NJIT Morgantown TBA
Tues Dec. 5 Virginia Morgantown ESPNU 7 p.m.
Sat Dec. 9 at Pitt Pittsburgh, Pa. TBA
Sat Dec. 16 Wheeling Jesuit (exhibition) Morgantown TBA
Wed Dec. 20 Coppin State Morgantown TBA
Sat Dec. 23 Fordham Morgantown TBA
Fri Dec. 29 at Oklahoma State * Stillwater, Okla. ESPNU 7 p.m.
Mon Jan. 1 at Kansas State * Manhattan, Kan. ESPNU 5 p.m.
Sat Jan. 6 Oklahoma * Morgantown ESPN/ESPN2 7:15 p.m.
Tues Jan. 9 Baylor * Morgantown ESPN2 7 p.m.
Sat Jan. 13 at Texas Tech * Lubbock, Texas ESPN/ESPN2 2 p.m.
Mon Jan. 15 Kansas * Morgantown ESPN 9 p.m.
Sat Jan. 20 Texas * Morgantown CBS 2 p.m.
Mon Jan. 22 at TCU * Fort Worth, Texas ESPN 9 p.m.
Sat Jan. 27 Kentucky # Morgantown TBA
Wed Jan. 31 at Iowa State * Ames, Iowa ESPNU 7 p.m.
Sat Feb. 3 Kansas State * Morgantown ESPN/ESPN2 4 p.m.
Mon Feb. 5 at Oklahoma * Norman, Okla. ESPN 9 p.m.
Sat Feb. 10 Oklahoma State * Morgantown ESPN/ESPN2 Noon
Mon Feb. 12 TCU * Morgantown ESPN2 9 p.m.
Sat Feb. 17 at Kansas * Lawrence, Kan. ESPN 6 p.m.
Tues Feb. 20 at Baylor * Waco, Texas ESPN2 7 p.m.
Sat Feb. 24 Iowa State * Morgantown ESPN/ESPN2 6 p.m.
Mon Feb. 26 Texas Tech * Morgantown ESPN2 9 p.m.
Sat Mar. 3 at Texas * Austin, Texas ESPN/ESPN2 Noon
Wed- Sat Mar. 7-10 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Kansas City, Mo. ESPN/ESPN2/ TBD
& Armed Forces Classic, Ramstein Air Base, Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
^ Non-bracketed game of AdvoCare Invitational % AdvoCare Invitational, Lake Buena Vista, Florida (West Virginia, Marist, Nebraska, UCF, St. John’s, Missouri, Oregon and Long Beach State)
# Big 12/SEC Challenge
* Big 12 Conference Game
ALL DATES AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE FOR TELEVISION – All Times Eastern