Basketball Schedule Finalized

West Virginia University and the Big East have announced the 2004-05 men's basketball schedule.

The 2004-05 schedule features 12 teams that reached postseason play last year, including seven teams that played in the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers will play eight games at home against teams that reached postseason play last year, including defending national champion Connecticut. West Virginia will play a total of 14 games in the WVU Coliseum.

"We believe our schedule has a great blend of teams, ranging from the defending national champions down to the international exhibition game," says WVU Head Coach John Beilein. "With 10 league teams reaching postseason play last year, anyone who has followed the Big East knows the competition will be even stronger, even with less teams in the league."

This season, each Big East team plays five teams twice and six teams once. The Mountaineers will play repeat games against Boston College, Pitt, Seton Hall, Providence and St. John's.

West Virginia will open the season at home against Saint Peter's on Saturday, November 20. Big East schools visiting Morgantown will be Connecticut, Notre Dame, Providence, Boston College, Pitt, Seton Hall, Rutgers and St. John's. Other non-league games at home, include George Washington, James Madison, Coppin State, Radford and New Hampshire.

The Mountaineers will play league road games at Boston College, Georgetown, Pitt, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Villanova, Providence and St. John's. WVU will play non-league road games at North Carolina State, LSU and Duquesne. LSU will return the game to Morgantown during the 2005-06 season, while North Carolina State will face the Mountaineers in Charleston that same season.

West Virginia will play two games in Charleston, against St. Bonaventure on December 7, and Marshall on January 11. The Mountaineers will play one exhibition game against an international touring team on Monday, November 15.

The Mountaineers will have at least one game on national television. The Pitt home game on Saturday, February 5, is scheduled to be televised by ESPN2.

Game times and the rest of the television games will be announced in October. Basketball practice begins Saturday, October 16.

2004-05 Schedule

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