West Virginia basketball fans can start planning for the upcoming season as the program released their 2021-22 non-conference schedule.
The Mountaineers non-conference slate will consist of 13 games, eight which will be played at the WVU Coliseum and five on the road. Three of those road games will be when West Virginia takes part in the Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic.
“For the past two seasons, we have played the second-toughest schedule in the country, and this non-conference schedule models our previous ones,” said head coach Bob Huggins. “We are looking forward to getting back to a normal schedule this season and seeing Mountaineer Nation come out in full force to support us at home and on the road.”
Here is a breakdown of the 13 games outside of the Big 12 schedule:
The regular season will tip-off against Oakland on November 9 at the Coliseum. This will be the third all-time game between these two teams and first since 2012. Three days later, WVU hosts Pitt in the 188th meeting of Backyard Brawl.
The Mountaineers will then travel to South Carolina to take part in the Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic. The games have not been set yet but the field consists of Boise State, Clemson, Elon, Marquette, Ole Miss, St. Bonaventure and Temple.
WVU returns home to square off against Eastern Kentucky on November 26, this begins five consecutive home games. This home stretch will consist of games against Bellarmine (November 30), Radford (December 4). This game will have intrigue because Radford is coached by former Mountaineer guard Darris Nichols. Following this game, UConn will travel to Morgantown for the first time since 2011, as the two teams take part in the Big East-Big 12 Battle.
The five game homestand closes up with a game on December 12 against Kent State.
To close out the non-conference schedule, West Virginia will travel to UAB on December 18 before hosting Youngstown State on December 22. The final non-conference game will be in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The game will be played on January 29 but the opponent hasn’t been announced.