(STILLWATER, Oklahoma / July 26, 2018) – The non-conference portion of the 2018-19 Oklahoma State basketball schedule has been finalized, and features potential matchups against nine squads that competed in the 2018 postseason, eight RPI top-100 finishers and eight teams that won 20-games or more last season.
According to KenPom, the Cowboys have played one of the nation’s 25 toughest schedules in each of the last two seasons, and the 2018-19 slate is expected to keep that streak alive.
OSU will host key home games against Colonial Athletic Association regular season and tournament champs Charleston (Nov. 18), 27-game winner Houston (Dec. 8) and 2017 Final Four participant South Carolina (Jan. 26).
The Cowboys will also take to the road to battle Minnesota (Nov. 30), take on Tulsa (Dec. 5) for the 112th time and rekindle an old Big 12 rivalry with Nebraska (Dec. 16) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The loaded field of the AdvoCare Invitational (Nov. 22-25) in Orlando pits the Cowboys against Memphis with a second-round matchup against either 21-game winner Canisius or the defending national champions, Villanova. The Cowboys could see Elite Eight participant Florida State, Charleston, LSU or UAB in the final round.
Oklahoma State will open the season at Charlotte on Nov. 10, which will mark the first time the Cowboys begin a season away from Gallagher-Iba Arena since 2000-01. The last time OSU opened a season with a true road game was 1989-90.
After taking on Charlotte, the Cowboys will head back to GIA to face UTSA on Nov. 14. The Roadrunners won 20 games and participated in the CIT in 2017-18.
Other previously unannounced home games include Central Arkansas (Dec. 21) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Dec. 29), which will be OSU’s final tune-up game prior to Big 12 play.
The Big 12, which sent nine of its 10 squads to the postseason in 2017-18, had the highest viewership among all college basketball conference last season. The league will once again feature the nation’s only 18-game home-and-home conference schedule, which is expected to be announced in the coming months.
Tipoff times and television information for all OSU basketball games will be announced as they are finalized.
Cowboy basketball season tickets are on sale now starting at just $150. Current season ticket holders have until August 1 to renew, so call 877-ALL-4-OSU or visit okstate.com/tickets to secure your tickets today.