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WVU Men's Basketball Schedule Set

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West Virginia announced its full schedule for the 2012-13 men's basketball season Thursday.

The Mountaineers begin the slate on Nov. 12 with a game at Gonzaga in a midnight tipoff as part of ESPN's 24-hour hoops marathon. Following the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, the West Virginia continues its non-conference games with VMI, Marshall, Virginia Tech, Duquesne, Oakland, Radford and Eastern Kentucky.

The Capital Classic against the Thundering Herd will be on Dec. 5 rather than in January as it has been in recent years.

The highlight out of conference is the meeting with former WVU head coach John Beilein and the Michigan Wolverines in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival in New York.

On Jan. 5, WVU has its first Big 12 game, welcoming Oklahoma to the WVU Coliseum for a 4 p.m. tip. Then the Mountaineers travel to Texas on Jan. 9 for the first road game in their new conference, an ESPN2 broadcast in Austin at 9 p.m.

With the round robin play in the Big 12, each conference opponent will play in Morgantown throughout the season and WVU will travel to each new city, as well.

West Virginia will make the trip to Lawrence to take on the Kansas Jayhawks on March 2 in a game that will air on CBS at 2 p.m.

Beginning Jan. 28, when WVU hosts Kansas, the Mountaineers will play three Big Monday games in four weeks. After the Jayhawks, Texas comes to the Coliseum on Feb. 4 and on Feb. 18, Bob Huggins returns to Manhattan, Kan. for the first time since he coached the Kansas State Wildcats.

In total, 19 games are already scheduled for national television on either the ESPN networks or CBS. Other games will be broadcast by the Big 12 Network or Root Sports.

The Big 12 Championship is set for March 13-16 in Kansas City, Mo.

WVU will play 14 regular season games at home and have two neutral site games, against Marshall and Michigan.

"I know I say this every year, but top to bottom, this has to be one of the toughest regular season schedules in school history," head coach Bob Huggins said Thursday. "We have ranked in the top 20 in terms of strength of schedule in each of the last four years, including two years where we were ranked in the top three, and this year's schedule will be no different. To have 19 of our 31 games already selected for national television is something our basketball program is proud of and certainly proud to be able to showcase our University and the great state of West Virginia."

Huggins, who came to WVU after serving one season with Kansas State, is looking forward to his return to the Big 12 conference.

"I've spent a year in the Big 12, and the fan support is tremendous," says Huggins. "I think the Big 12 has the best home court advantages in college basketball in addition to having great coaches. I was sitting at the Big 12 meetings in the spring and looking around and we had 10 coaches there and five of them have been to the Final Four. When 50 percent of your coaches have been to the Final Four, you have a pretty good league."

The entire schedule can be viewed at this link.

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