LSU learned it has a trek down country roads next season.
The Tigers men’s basketball team added another piece to their schedule when they drew West Virginia as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, handing the program a marquee road game next season as it works to fill in remaining holes on its docket.
The road trip to WVU Coliseum on Dec. 4 is just the second true road game on the Tigers’ slate aside from a visit to UAB, which is the return leg of a home-and-home series.
On paper, the pairing is solid. The Mountaineers went 17-16 last season, including 9-9 in the Big 12 Conference, and were knocked out by Georgetown in the first round of the NIT.
West Virginia also finished No. 92 in the Ratings Percentage Index, giving the Tigers a chance to nab a quality win before SEC play opens up.
LSU’s nonconference slate features home games against Texas Tech and Massachusetts, but there’s five slots left to fill. Typically, the Tigers schedule at least three games against in-state oppenets, and there have been talks with power conference programs such as Texas, North Carolina State and Georgia Tech about potential series.
LSU is also scheduled to play three games on a neutral court in the Paradise Jam, which is in late November in the U.S Virgin Islands.