Next Pieces In The Puzzle

First, we learned West Virginia's repeat men's basketball opponents. Today, we learned the home and away slate for the games. It will be a least two months until a final schedule with dates, times and tournament opponents are known.

Unlike the football schedule, which is announced in its entirety, basketball schedules come out in a piecemeal fashion. That's not the fault of individual schools or the Big East conference -- it's just a reflection of the way basketball schedules are constructed. With so many different factors, such as television, independent tournaments, league desires and the like, it's difficult to put together the full schedule this far in advance.

For WVU, the home/road make-up looks challenging, especially for a young team that will be learning on the job. The Mountaineers will play 16 regular season games at the WVU Coliseum this season. Nine of those are Big East foes, and seven out-of-conference opponents. Cincinnati, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pitt, Rutgers and Villanova will come to WVU, while non-conference home opponents will be Kent State, Oral Roberts, Alcorn State, Akron and Miami as well as two additional home games as part of the Las Vegas Classic.

WVU hits the road in the league to face a tough slate that includes Connecticut, Notre Dame, Pitt, Providence, Rutgers, St. John's, Seton Hall, USF and Syracuse. In non-conference play, WVU will play on the road at Mississippi State as part of the Big East/SEC Invitational.

The Mountaineers will play neutral site games against Morehead State and Marshall in Charleston, Kansas State in Wichita, Kan., and two games in Las Vegas as part of the Las Vegas Classic.

Previously, it was announced that WVU's three repeat opponents are Pitt, Notre Dame and Rutgers.

The Mountaineers will play one exhibition game that will be announced in September. The complete 32-game schedule with dates will be announced in September.

2011-12 Men's Basketball Schedule

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