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West Virginia point guard Juwan Staten could face his former school Dayton when the Mountaineers play three games at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan Nov. 20-23.

 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Bob Huggins will take his West Virginia basketball team on a five-hour road trip to Northern Kentucky this season, facing a program in its second year of Division I hoops.

That matchup, slated for Dec. 7, was the only surprise when WVU released the nonconference portion of its 2014-15 schedule Thursday. A three-game tournament in Puerto Rico, a neutral-site showdown with N.C. State at Madison Square Garden, and an SEC/Big 12 Challenge game against LSU had been previously reported.

Northern Kentucky owns some history against WVU, having upset the Mountaineers 77-74 during a preseason exhibition game in November 2011. Then, as still is the case now, the Norse coaching staff featured Kevin Schappell, who previously spent three seasons as a graduate assistant at West Virginia.

Though Northern Kentucky is new to the Atlantic Sun Conference, it was a longtime Division II power and boasts a 9,400-seat arena that opened in 2008. (It even has a few luxury suites.)

The trip to San Juan could be intriguing with defending national champion UConn in the mix. The field also includes Dayton, an Elite Eight qualifier last season and the original college home of West Virginia point guard Juwan Staten, as well as New Mexico, which is coming off a 27-win season. Puerto Rico also offers potential matchups against Boston College, Texas A&M, George Mason and College of Charleston—the last of which already has a trip to Morgantown slated for the following week.

“We always strive to play one of the top schedules in the country and this year will be no different,” said Huggins.

Check out the Mountaineers’ complete nonleague schedule below, with the Big 12 portion still awaiting TV finalization:

Sun., Nov. 9
Shepherd (exhibition)
Fri., Nov. 14
Monmouth
Sun., Nov. 16
Lafayette
Thur., Nov. 20
Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Fri., Nov. 21
Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Sun., Nov. 23
Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Wed., Nov. 26
vs. VMI (Charleston)
Sat., Nov. 29
College of Charleston
Thur., Dec. 4
LSU
Sun., Dec. 7
at Northern Kentucky
Sun., Dec. 14
vs. Marshall (Charleston)
Sat., Dec. 20
vs. N.C. State (New York)
Mon., Dec. 22
Wofford
Tue.,  Dec. 30
Virginia Tech

 

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Comments

  • Ron - from Morgantown

    Who will be the head coach @ CofC when they play WVU ? Their coach is Doug Wojick and he is a Wheeling native . He is also under extreme pressure to resign due to alleged player abuse. I can't see how he survives even though he didn't do anything to warrant being fired. Also re the schedule - get ready for double headers on 2 occasions . On Nov 20 we play Kansas State at home in football and on Nov 29 the football team is at Iowa State . Will the Dec 30th game with Va Tech conflict with a bowl game ? What will TC do - football or basketball - or both ?

  • Ron - from Morgantown

    Where do we begin ? How about the obvious. Under no circumstances should we be playing at Northern Kentucky. I know I'm stating the obvious here but what else can I say ? I will have to look back and try to find a comparable game that even comes close to this level of incompetence. Just out of curiosity I wonder who signed off on this game . I remember B H saying he would only schedule( save regional games ) non conference road games that were designed for national tv. Does that sound like N KY ? This game has zero upside . Won't help our RPI , won't be considered a quality win , and if we win - who cares ? And if we lose ? Why put our program in a untenable situation ?

  • Chef Camille

    College of Charleston what a joke!

  • VaultHunter

    Lord knows we have it easy compared to lil sis. I wish we could get fired up for games against Ohio U, Souther Miss, Tulane, ect.

    Marshall gonna finally make a postseason tournament?

  • any major dude

    That's a pretty challenging tournament in Puerto Rico.
    UConn, New Mexico, and Dayton are no joke.
    It will be great to play in the Garden again.
    NK is an up-and-coming team.
    NCState and LSU are decent ACC/SEC matchups. VT and Marshall are nice rivalry games.
    Pretty strong.

    • Allan Taylor

      Agreed, dude. Some of the big-name teams are rebuilding, but they're doing so with good talent. Depending on how the Puerto Rico bracket falls, WVU could face six or seven NCAA tourney contenders.

  • Aaron

    21-11, 4th in the Big 12.

  • 4WVUinKY

    Sweet! Lord willing, I'll make the NKU game! Go 'eers!

  • F Leghorn

    Travelin, I say traveling to Northern Kentucky? He's so dumb he thinks a Mexican border pays rent.

  • Bigfoot1970

    Where is the cup cake schedule at? You can't play top 10 games every game!! I wished the Marshall Fans would stay off of these articles!!!

    • I copy william

      I repeat: What a SAD non-conf. schedule!
      Bob "Sweatsuit" Huggins is at a new low when he has to schedule these CUP CAKE teams just to get some wins.
      What a sad time to be a Mountaineer fan wherever you may be!

  • I copy william

    What a SAD non-conf. schedule!
    Bob "Sweatsuit" Huggins is at a new low when he has to schedule these CUP CAKE teams just to get some wins.
    What a sad time to be a Mountaineer fan wherever you may be!

  • william

    What a SAD non-conf. schedule!
    Bob "Sweatsuit" Huggins is at a new low when he has to schedule these CUP CAKE teams just to get some wins.
    What a sad time to be a Mountaineer fan wherever you may be!

  • SCOTT

    4 miles from my house...."Thanks Bob"!!


    Lets go Mountaineers!!!!!!