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Huggins: Purdue Game Off, Big 12 Schedule Not Forthcoming

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This the start of the college football season just a few weeks away there is still a lot of unknowns concerning West Virginia’s 2020-21 schedule.

We do know that West Virginia will play 18 Big 12 conference games this season and can schedule up to nine non-conference games. Currently, there is confirmation on five og the non-conference games, with a report about a sixth.

On Thursday, WVU head coach Bob Huggins said that a game against Purdue that was originally scheduled for December will not be played this season.

“It was initially going to be in Madison Square Garden,” Huggins explained. “And then they couldn’t do it in the Garden so then they were going to do it in Barclays [Center]. And then they couldn’t do it in Barclays so they were going to do it in Mohegan Sun [Arena]. With what happened with the Big 10 schedule, Purdue couldn’t do it at all so it’s off the books.”

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Huggins said he is disappointed the game against the Boilermakers will not be played because both sides really wanted to make it happen.

“They tried like crazy cause they wanted to play the game and obviously, we tried like crazy because we wanted to play the game but it just didn’t work.”

Purdue is the second non-conference game to be officially confirmed as canceled this season as Huggins has also confirmed that WVU will not play Pitt this season. As for the Mountaineers’ conference schedule, Huggins was not optimistic it would be released anytime soon.

“We’ve heard that we’re not going to get it for a while.”

WVU’s confirmed non-conference games for this season include three games in the Crossover Classic to begin the season with the first against Texas A&M, Georgetown in the Big 12/Big East Battle and Florida in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. There is also a report that WVU will host Richmond on Dec. 13.

Huggins said WVU’s season-opener against the Aggies in the Crossover Classic will be the first televised college basketball game this season.

“I know this, we’re going to be the first game on television,” Huggins said. “Our Texas A&M game will be the first game on television and then our second game will be a game I think everybody will watch before they cut into their Christmas turkeys. For West Virginia I think the beginning of [the season] is going to be really good, I have no idea what happens after that, none of us do.”

WVU’s Kown 2020-21 Schedule:

  • Nov. 25 vs Texas A&M – Crossover Classic
  • Nov. 26 vs Ohio State or Memphis – Crossover Classic
  • Nov. 27 vs Creighton or Dayton or Utah or Wichita State – Crossover Classic
  • Dec. 5 at Georgetown – Big 12/Big East Battle*
  • Dec. 13 vs Richmond**
  • Jan. 30 vs Florida – Big 12/SEC Challenge

*WVU is confirmed to be playing in the Big 12/Big East Battle, but its opponent has not yet been officially announced. There is a report that the Mountaineers will play at Georgetown.

**This game has not yet been officially confirmed.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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