With the release of the Big 12 conference portion of the schedule, West Virginia’s men’s basketball team now has its full slate laid out for the 2021-22 season.
The nonconference schedule will feature eight games at the WVU Coliseum and five games away from home, including three in the Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic in Charleston, South Carolina.
WVU will open the regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 9 against Oakland at the WVU Coliseum. The two teams will meet for the third time in all-time series play and the first since 2012.
Three days later, the Mountaineers will host Pitt in the Backyard Brawl on Friday, Nov. 12. The two teams will meet for the 188th time, with WVU winning the last four meetings. Last year’s meeting scheduled in Morgantown was canceled due to COVID-19.
West Virginia will have three games in the Shriners Classic. WVU will open with Elon, then face Ole Miss or Marquette a day later. On the final day, the Mountaineers will play Boise State, Clemson, St. Bonaventure or Temple.
The Mountaineers will then return to Morgantown for five consecutive games, starting with Eastern Kentucky on Friday, Nov. 26. Those two teams will meet for the first time since 2015.
West Virginia closes November with its first-ever meeting against Bellarmine on Tuesday, Nov. 30.
The Mountaineers will open December against Radford on Saturday, Dec. 4. The Highlanders, under the direction of former Mountaineer Darris Nichols, will play in Morgantown for the first time since 2016.
For the first time, West Virginia will host a game in the Big East-Big 12 Battle. On Wednesday, Dec. 8, former Big East foe Connecticut will visit Morgantown for the 10th time and first since 2011.
West Virginia closes its five-game home stand against Kent State on Sunday, Dec. 12. The two teams will meet for just the third time in series history and first since 2011.
On Saturday, Dec. 18, WVU will travel to Birmingham, Alabama, to face UAB at the newly renovated Legacy Arena. UAB is coached by former Bob Huggins assistant Andy Kennedy. The Blazers will return the game to Morgantown during the 2022-23 season.
West Virginia will play its final home nonconference game of the season against Youngstown State on Wednesday, Dec. 22. That game was canceled last season due to COVID-19.
The Mountaineers will close nonconference play on Saturday, Jan. 29 at Arkansas in the annual Big 12/SEC Challenge.
WVU will play its first Big 12 game on the road at Texas on Saturday, Jan. 1 and will conclude the Big 12 schedule at home against TCU on Saturday, March 5. The Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship will be held March 9-12 in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Mountaineers will play a charity exhibition game against Akron at home on Friday, Oct. 29.
Game times and the television schedule will be announced when available.