Men's Basketball Hoop Schedule Finalized

The final pieces of the 2009-10 men's basketball schedule were set in place today as the Big East conference released the dates for the games of its member teams.

At least 15 regular season games on national television highlight West Virginia's schedule with three games on ESPN's Big Monday (Villanova, at UConn, Georgetown) and three games on CBS (at Seton Hall, Ohio State, at Villanova).

Big East schools visiting Morgantown will be Pitt, Louisville, Villanova, Seton Hall, Georgetown, Syracuse, Rutgers, Marquette and Cincinnati. For the third year in a row, the Big East will play an 18-game format that allows teams to play each opponent once and three teams twice. West Virginia will play home-and-home games with Pitt, Villanova and Seton Hall.

The Mountaineers will play 12 non-conference contests, including three games in the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif. WVU will open 76 Classic play against Long Beach State on Thanksgiving and will face either Texas A&M or Clemson the next day. The Mountaineers will wrap up play against either UCLA, Portland, Minnesota or Butler.

West Virginia will open the regular season Nov. 15 at home against Loyola University Maryland and will also play Ohio State, Ole Miss, Duquesne and Coppin State at the WVU Coliseum.

The Mountaineers will open Big East play at Seton Hall on Saturday, Dec. 26. WVU will play its home BIG EAST opener against Marquette on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

WVU will play road games at Purdue and Cleveland State. The Mountaineers will play The Citadel and Marshall at the Charleston Civic Center.

WVU's nationally televised games this season will be Long Beach State (ESPNU), Texas A&M or Clemson (ESPN/ESPNU), final day of 76 Classic (ESPN2/ESPNU), Ole Miss (ESPN2), at Seton Hall (CBS), at Purdue (ESPN), Syracuse (ESPN), Ohio State (CBS), Louisville (ESPN), Villanova (ESPN), at Pitt (ESPN), Seton Hall (ESPN), at Connecticut (ESPN), Georgetown (ESPN) and at Villanova (CBS). All remaining league games will air on ESPNU, ESPN Regional/BIG EAST Network or ESPN 360.

"We are obviously excited about the national television exposure for our basketball program, the University and the state of West Virginia," said coach Bob Huggins. "Top to bottom, this is probably as tough a schedule that we've had in a long time."

The Mountaineers will play an exhibition game on Sunday, Nov. 8, against Mountain State at the WVU Coliseum. WVU will also play the University of Charleston in an exhibition on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Coliseum.

Game times and the rest of the television games will be announced in October. Season tickets for the 16-game home schedule will go on sale through the Mountaineer Ticket Office on Monday, September 28. Basketball practice begins Friday, Oct. 16.

2009-10 WVU Men's Basketball Schedule

The Big East will have every one of the 144 league games televised in some fashion. This season is the third straight in which the league has boasted that all of its games will be broadcast on CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Regional (BIG EAST Network) and ESPN or ESPN2 will carry 44 conference contests, and the expanded reach of ESPNU into over 47 million homes following its newly announced agreement with Comcast, combined the continued growth of the ESPN Regional syndication package, having each of the 144 league contests on television means more now than ever.

In addition to the 44 games on ESPN or ESPN2, five league games will be broadcast on CBS. Beyond that, the Big East is expected to announce a significant presence on ESPNU at a later date – once again solidifying itself as one of the most nationally televised conferences in the country.

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