Away from home, West Virginia will travel to UCLA on Jan. 21, for a nationally-televised CBS contest, travel to Oklahoma City for a nationally-televised ESPN2 game against Oklahoma in the O'Reilly All-College Basketball Classic on Dec. 22, and travel to Rochester, N.Y., for a game against St. Bonaventure. The Mountaineers will also play their annual game against Marshall in Charleston.
West Virginia has two spots left to fill on its schedule, including a second game in Charleston. WVU will play North Carolina State in Charleston during the 2006-07 season and Oklahoma in Charleston during the 2007-08 season. UCLA will return the game to Morgantown during the 2006-07 season.
"In order to accommodate several national television opportunities, it was necessary to delay the North Carolina State appearance in Charleston by one year," says Mike Parsons, Deputy Director of Athletics. "We will have North Carolina State and Oklahoma, both marquee teams, coming to Charleston the following two years."
The move of the N.C. State game allows WVU to strike while the iron is hot in terms of television games with national powers. West Virginia has its highest profile ever in the televised basketball era, and is using that notoriety to schedule games such as the UCLA and Oklahoma contests this year. Since the N.C. State game was already contracted, WVU pushed it back one year to allow more room to negotiate for attractive TV games while its bargaining power is at its peak.
The Big East is scheduled to release WVU's league opponents within the next month. The complete schedule with dates and any additional television appearances will be announced in September.