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What we know about the 2019-20 OSU non-conference schedule so far

Mike Boynton is putting together another challenge list of match-ups

NCAA Basketball: American Athletic Conference Tournament-Wichita State vs Cincinnati Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

We’re probably still another couple of months away from Oklahoma State releasing the 2019-20’ men’s basketball schedule. That said, there are some things we do know.

With the latest report from Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports that OSU and ORU are going to renew their in-state rivalry this season, we now have a good idea what the schedule is going to look like this coming season.

Following what OSU has done the last few season, I would expect a 13-game non-conference schedule. So far, we have a varying amount of information on 10 of those.

at Charleston (Date TBA)
Oral Roberts (GIA / Date TBA)
*NIT Season Tip-Off campus game (GIA / Opponent TBA / Date TBA)
NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn / Dates TBA / vs Syracuse, Ole Miss or Penn State)
Big 12/Big East Challenge: Georgetown (GIA / Date TBA)
Wichita State (GIA / Dec. 8)
at Houston (Dec. 14)
Minnesota (BOK Center / Dec. 21)
Big 12 /SEC Challenge (Road game / Opponent TBA / Jan. 25)

*the one note to this is the NIT Season Tip-Off campus game. Last season, three of the four Preseason NIT participants had one on the schedule. There has been no word on whether or not OSU will, but I’d be surprised if they did not.

So far, that’s four home games and six road or neutral site games. With three games to announce, here’s hoping OSU doesn’t have a repeat of last season when they only had six games on Eddie Sutton court compared to seven away from it.

Coach Boynton continues has set up a second straight difficult schedule for the Cowboys, but one that should help a 2019 class with at least six newcomers to help prepare themselves for the rigors of Big 12 play.

I love seeing games teams like Wichita State coming to OSU, like Houston last year. Would I like another marquee home game? Yes, but knowing we will now get either an SEC or Big East team in GIA the next few years, means there are plenty of reasons for OSU fans to get excited.

A few other notes:
  • Mike Boynton has mentioned in the past that he likes playing Tulsa every year. If they do play, it would be in Stillwater. However, at this point, adding a team of the Golden Hurricane’s caliber would make this an incredibly difficult schedule for a team breaking in so many freshmen.
  • I know it backfired last year, but I like the idea of opening the season on the road at a lower-tier opponent. Throw them into the fire early and hope they come out stronger.
  • This will be the first game in a four-game series with Wichita State, which is just awesome.
  • While Georgetown isn’t the program they used to be, their name still carries some cache, which makes the match-up even more interesting.
  • I would really like to see a new match-up for OSU in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. So far they’ve played South Carolina (3x), Arkansas (2x), and Auburn. I’m good with Arkansas just because of the proximity, but let’s not see a trip to South Carolina this year, if possible.