WVU Unveils Its Complete 2018-19 Men’s Basketball Schedule

WVU Unveils Its Complete 2018-19 Men’s Basketball Schedule

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons and the Big 12 Conference have announced the 2018-19 men’s basketball schedule.

WVU will open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 9 at home against Buffalo. Six days earlier, the Mountaineers will play its lone exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 3 against Alderson Broaddus.

The non-conference home schedule is highlighted by Pitt’s first visit to the WVU Coliseum since 2012 and three teams (Buffalo, Rider and Jacksonville State) who advanced to postseason play in 2017-18.

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Even though the television schedule is incomplete and additional games are expected to be televised nationally, the Mountaineers are already slated for 22 regular season games on national television. Games with multiple ESPN channels listed will be determined at least seven days prior to the game.

WVU will play three games in Conway, South Carolina, in the Myrtle Beach Invitational. WVU opens against Monmouth on Thursday, Nov. 15, and will play either Western Kentucky or Valparaiso a day later. The Mountaineers will close out the tournament against either Wake Forest, Saint Joseph’s, UCF or Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, Nov. 18.

In the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, the Mountaineers will travel to Tennessee on Saturday, Jan. 26 to face the Volunteers. WVU will return to Madison Square Garden to face Florida on Tuesday, Dec. 4 in the Jimmy V Classic. The Mountaineers will also have a neutral site game against Rhode Island on Sunday, Dec. 16 in the Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The Mountaineers will play 17 games at home, with every Big 12 team visiting Morgantown. Valparaiso, Rider, Youngstown State, Jacksonville State and Lehigh will visit the Coliseum in non-conference play in addition to Buffalo, Pitt and Alderson Broaddus (exhibition).

WVU will play its first Big 12 game at home against Texas Tech on Wednesday, Jan. 2 and will conclude the Big 12 schedule at Oklahoma State on Saturday, March 9. The Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship will be held March 13-16 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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“As I said when we announced our non-conference home schedule, we wanted to accomplish a few things with our schedule – bolster our strength of schedule by playing better teams, to play in marquee events on national television and to play more weekend home games to help accommodate our fans and television partners,” coach Bob Huggins said. “Once again, we have a bunch of games on national television and have 10 games at home on weekends, including the Backyard Brawl against Pitt and Kansas. This is obviously another tough schedule from start to finish, but a schedule that our team and Mountaineer Nation will look forward to.”

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. 

2018-19 WVU Men’s Basketball Schedule

Day     Date         Opponent                                                    Location                     TV                                                 Time

Sat      Nov. 3      Alderson Broaddus (exhibition)              Morgantown

Fri       Nov. 9      Buffalo                                                         Morgantown

Thurs  Nov. 15    vs. Monmouth %                                        Conway, S.C.             ESPNU                                        7 p.m.

Fri       Nov. 16    vs. Western Kentucky or Valparaiso %  Conway, S.C.             ESPNU                                        6:30/9 p.m.

Sun     Nov. 18    Myrtle Beach Invitational %                      Conway, S.C.             ESPN2/ESPNU

Sat      Nov. 24    Valparaiso ^                                                Morgantown

Wed    Nov. 28    Rider                                                            Morgantown

Sat      Dec. 1      Youngstown State                                      Morgantown

Tues   Dec. 4      vs. Florida &                                                New York, N.Y.           ESPN                                           9 p.m.

Sat      Dec. 8      Pitt                                                                Morgantown

Sun     Dec. 16    vs. Rhode Island $                                     Uncasville, Conn.                                                             1 p.m.

Sat      Dec. 22    Jacksonville State                                      Morgantown

Sun     Dec. 30    Lehigh                                                         Morgantown

Wed    Jan. 2       Texas Tech *                                              Morgantown               ESPN2/ESPNU                          7 p.m.

Sat      Jan. 5       at Texas *                                                    Austin, Texas             ESPN2                                         9 p.m.

Wed    Jan. 9       at Kansas State *                                       Manhattan, Kan.        ESPN2/ESPNU                          7 p.m.

Sat      Jan. 12     Oklahoma State *                                       Morgantown               ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU              Noon

Tues   Jan. 15     at TCU *                                                       Fort Worth, Texas      ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU              7 p.m.

Sat      Jan. 19     Kansas *                                                      Morgantown               ESPN/ESPN2                             2/4/6 p.m.

Mon    Jan. 21     Baylor *                                                        Morgantown               ESPN/ESPNU                            9 p.m.

Sat      Jan. 26     at Tennessee #                                          Knoxville, Tenn.

Wed    Jan. 30     at Iowa State *                                            Ames, Iowa                 ESPN2/ESPNU                          7 p.m.

Sat      Feb. 2       Oklahoma *                                                 Morgantown               ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU              Noon

Mon    Feb. 4       at Texas Tech *                                          Lubbock, Texas         ESPN/ESPN2                             9 p.m.

Sat      Feb. 9       Texas *                                                        Morgantown               ESPN2/ESPNU                          8 p.m.

Sat      Feb. 16    at Kansas *                                                 Lawrence, Kan.          ESPN/ESPN2                             4/6/8 p.m.

Mon    Feb. 18    Kansas State *                                           Morgantown               ESPN/ESPNU                            9 p.m.

Sat      Feb. 23    at Baylor *                                                   Waco, Texas              ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU              2 p.m.

Tues   Feb. 26    TCU *                                                           Morgantown               ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU              7 p.m.

Sat      Mar. 2       at Oklahoma *                                            Norman, Okla.            ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU              2 p.m.

Wed    Mar. 6       Iowa State *                                                Morgantown               ESPN2/ESPNU                          7 p.m.

Sat      Mar. 9       at Oklahoma State *                                  Stillwater, Okla.          ESPN/ESPN2/                            4 p.m.

Wed-Sat      Mar. 13-16 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship           Kansas City, Mo.       ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU


% Myrtle Beach Invitational, Conway, S.C. (West Virginia, Monmouth, Western Kentucky, Valparaiso, Wake Forest, Saint Joseph’s, UCF and Cal State Fullerton)

^ Non-bracketed game of Myrtle Beach Invitational

& Jimmy V Classic, Madison Square Garden

$ Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase presented by Citi, Mohegan Sun Arena

# SEC/Big 12 Challenge

* Big 12 Conference Game


– All Times Eastern


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