MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Along with the rest of the Big 12 Conference, West Virginia released its full schedule for the 2019-20 men’s basketball season on Wednesday.
The Mountaineers open their conference schedule at the league’s toughest venue. West Virginia starts Big 12 play at Kansas on Jan. 4. That game, along with the Jayhawks’ return trip to Morgantown on Feb. 12, is being streamed via the league’s new Big 12 Now online partnership with ESPN.
The Big 12 regular season concludes with a home game against Baylor on March 7.
WVU will host Duquesne in a charity exhibition at the Coliseum before opening the regular season against Akron on Nov. 8. West Virginia has seven home games on this year’s non-conference schedule, including one against Missouri in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Jan. 25.
The Mountaineers are participating in this year’s Cancun Challenge, which includes a pair of on-campus games against Northern Colorado and Boston University before the competition moves to Mexico Thanksgiving week. West Virginia will face Northern Iowa in its first game in Cancun, then take on either South Carolina or Wichita State.
This year’s version of the Backyard Brawl will be hosted by Pitt on Nov. 15.
The Mountaineers return to their old Big East tournament stomping grounds with a visit to St. John’s on Dec. 7. West Virginia will also meet Ohio State in Cleveland’s recently rechristened Rocket Mortgage Arena on Dec. 29.
“We played the 11th-toughest schedule in the country last season, and this year will be no different,” coach Bob Huggins said in WVU’s official release. “We like having 10 games at home on weekends, having three road contests within a short drive of Morgantown, traveling to Cancun over the Thanksgiving break, playing again at Madison Square Garden and having two Saturday-Monday road games in the league to help our travel some. We know Mountaineer Nation will continue to show up and support us no matter when and where we play.”
West Virginia enters the season looking to bounce back from one of the few losing years in Huggins’ coaching tenure. The Mountaineers finished 15-21 in a tumultuous 2018-19 campaign, the program’s first losing season since its first year in the Big 12.
With a rebuilt roster featuring 5-star freshman Oscar Tshibewe and returners Derek Culver, Jordan McCabe and Emmitt Matthews, the Mountaineers will look to return to the NCAA tournament.
2019-20 WVU Men’s Basketball Schedule
Day Date Opponent Location TV Time
Fri Nov. 1 Duquesne (charity exhibition) Morgantown AT&T SportsNet 7 p.m.
Fri Nov. 8 Akron Morgantown AT&T SportsNet 7:00 p.m.
Fri Nov. 15 at Pitt Pittsburgh, Pa. TBD TBD
Mon Nov. 18 Northern Colorado % Morgantown AT&T SportsNet 7:00 p.m.
Fri Nov. 22 Boston University % Morgantown Nexstar 7:00 p.m.
Tues Nov. 26 vs. Northern Iowa + Riviera Maya, Mexico CBS Sports Network 8:30 p.m.
Wed Nov. 27 vs. South Carolina or Wichita State + Riviera Maya, Mexico CBS Sports Network 6/8:30 p.m.
Sun Dec. 1 Rhode Island Morgantown AT&T SportsNet 2 p.m.
Sat Dec. 7 at St. John’s ^ New York, N.Y. FS1 Noon
Thurs Dec. 12 Austin Peay Morgantown Nexstar 7 p.m.
Sat Dec. 14 Nicholls Morgantown AT&T SportsNet 2 p.m.
Sat Dec. 21 vs. Youngstown State $ Youngstown, Ohio TBD TBD
Sun Dec. 29 vs. Ohio State ! Cleveland, Ohio FS1 Noon
Sat Jan. 4 at Kansas * Lawrence, Kan. Big 12 Now/ESPN+ 4 or 8 p.m.
Mon Jan. 6 at Oklahoma State * Stillwater, Okla. ESPN2 9 p.m.
Sat Jan. 11 Texas Tech * Morgantown ESPN/2/U 6 p.m.
Tues Jan. 14 TCU * Morgantown ESPNU 9 p.m.
Sat Jan. 18 at Kansas State * Manhattan, Kan. ESPNU 2 p.m.
Mon Jan. 20 Texas * Morgantown ESPNU 7 p.m.
Sat Jan. 25 Missouri # Morgantown ESPN/2/U Noon
Wed Jan. 29 at Texas Tech * Lubbock, Texas Big 12 Now/ESPN + TBD
Sat Feb. 1 Kansas State * Morgantown ESPN/2/U 2 p.m.
Wed Feb. 5 Iowa State * Morgantown ESPN2/U 7 p.m.
Sat Feb. 8 at Oklahoma * Norman, Okla. ESPNU 2 p.m.
Wed Feb. 12 Kansas * Morgantown Big 12 Now/ESPN + 7 p.m.
Sat Feb. 15 at Baylor * Waco, Texas Big 12 Now/ESPN + 4 p.m.
Tues Feb. 18 Oklahoma State * Morgantown ESPN/2/U 7 p.m.
Sat Feb. 22 at TCU * Fort Worth, Texas ESPN/2/U 2 p.m.
Mon Feb. 24 at Texas * Austin, Texas ESPNU 7 p.m.
Sat Feb. 29 Oklahoma * Morgantown ESPN2/U 4 p.m.
Tues Mar. 3 at Iowa State * Ames, Iowa ESPN2/U 9 p.m.
Sat Mar. 7 Baylor * Morgantown Big 12 Now/ESPN+ 1 p.m.
Wed-Sat Mar. 11-14 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Kansas City, Mo. ESPN/2/U TBD
% Cancun Challenge, Morgantown, W.Va.
+ Cancun Challenge, Riviera Maya, Mexico
^ Big 12/BIG EAST Scheduling Alliance at Madison Square Garden
$ Covelli Centre, Youngstown, Ohio
! Cleveland Classic at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, Ohio
# Big 12/SEC Challenge
* Big 12 Conference Game
– ALL DATES AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE FOR TELEVISION
– All Times Eastern