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WVU cagers announce Big 12 slate

The Inter-Mountain file photo West Virginia and sophomore forward Oscar Tshiebwe open the Big 12 Conference portion of the schedule Dec. 18 at home against Iowa State.

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons and the Big 12 Conference announced the 2020-21 conference men’s basketball schedule on Monday.

West Virginia will open Big 12 Conference play in December with two league games, starting with a home contest against Iowa State on Dec. 18 and a game at Kansas on Dec. 22. To start the 2021 calendar year, the Mountaineers will have a two-game trip to Oklahoma (Jan. 2) and to Oklahoma State (Jan. 4).

WVU will face Texas on Saturday, Jan. 9, in its first January home contest. The Mountaineers will close out the league schedule at home on Saturday, Feb. 27, against Kansas State.

The double round-robin format will conclude on Saturday, Feb. 27 with the following week left open for possible makeup games. The Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship is scheduled for March 10-13 in Kansas City, Missouri.

It was announced last week that WVU will play host to Florida on Saturday, Jan. 30, in the annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

The rest of the nonconference schedule, game times and television schedule will be announced when available.

The WVU women’s basketball team also released their 2020-21 league schedule on Monday.

The Mountaineers are set to begin league play at home and finish the regular season on the road before traveling to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship in Kansas City, Missouri.

West Virginia opens Big 12 play on Thursday, Dec. 10, as the team welcomes Baylor to the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown. WVU then embarks on its first conference road trip with a matchup against Oklahoma State on Friday, Dec. 18, in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

West Virginia hits the road for the fourth time in conference play this season from Jan. 27-30, as the team travels to Texas Tech and TCU. The Mountaineers are scheduled to begin the road trip on Wednesday, Jan. 27, against the Lady Raiders in Lubbock, followed by a matchup against the Horned Frogs on Saturday, Jan. 30, in Fort Worth.

WVU will then make a quick trip home to face Iowa State on Wednesday, Feb. 3, before returning to the Lone Star State to take on Texas in Austin on Saturday, Feb. 6.

The Mountaineers head back to town for a two-game homestand against Kansas and Oklahoma. WVU is scheduled to host the Jayhawks on Wednesday, Feb. 10, and the Sooners on Sunday, Feb. 14.

West Virginia is set to play two of its final three games of the regular season on the road. Following a trip to Waco, Texas, to face off against Baylor on Wednesday, Feb. 17, the Mountaineers return to the WVU Coliseum to close out their home season against TCU on Saturday, Feb. 24.

WVU finishes the regular season against Iowa State on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in Ames, Iowa, before heading to the 2021 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Kansas City.

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