Oregon St.'s 2012-13 schedule will feature another appearance in the Ticket City Legends Classic, a game against Kansas in Kansas City, and a Pac-12 schedule front loaded with 7 of the 9 home games in the first 11 conference games. (Photo of Angus Brandt by Andy Wooldridge)
In addition to playing 4 games in Europe between August 18 and August 29, we are beginning to learn some of the details about the upcoming season.
Oregon St. will participate in the 2K Sports Classic, similar to the Ticket City Legends Classic the Beavers participated in last year, and will have 2 games in Corvallis against 2 out of Hofstra, Niagra, South Dakota St., and Bucknell. The dates are still to be determined. Oregon St. will follow that up with 2 games in New York on 11/15 & 11/16, vs. 2 of the 3-some of Alabama, Villanova, and Purdue.
The Beavers' non-conference schedule also includes a game at Charlotte, date to be determined, and against Kansas in Kansas City on Nov. 30.
Howard University will visit Gill Coliseum again this year, on Dec. 19.
Oregon St. will also begin a home and home series against an as yet to be determined Big East Conference team, but the date and who will host this year are still to be decided.
The Pac-12 schedule isn't set as far as games possibly being moved off of Thursday and Saturday for the Pac-12 Network's schedule, but we do know the order of games.
The Beavers start conference play with 3 home games, including hosting the first battle of this coming season's Civil War on Jan. 5.
The Arizona schools visit the following weekend, with Arizona St. and then Arizona in Gill.
Then its off to Los Angeles for games at UCLA in the newly renovated Pauley Pavillion, and USC.
Those will be the only regular season games against the Arizona and LA schools, as Oregon St. again sees only a single game against each of these 4, same as last year.
The annual visits from Washington and Washington St. are next, followed by a trip to the Bay Area to take on California and Stanford to round out the first half of the Pac-12 season.
Colorado and Utah come to Gill to start the second half, and then the Beavers face a lot of road games down the stretch. Oregon St. finishes with 3 in a row on the road, and 5 out of 7, starting with the trip to Washington St. and Washington.
The last home games of the regular season follow, against Stanford and California, and then its down to Matt Court for the second battle of the season in the Civil War.
A trip to Salt Lake City and Boulder to take on Utah and Colorado rounds out the regular season, and then its off to Las Vegas for the Pac-12 Tournament.
Not a bad schedule so far, though some additional games against quality teams from the west would be nice to see round out the schedule. The Beavers might be catching a bit of a break in missing a second game against both Arizona and UCLA, as both the 'Cats and Bruins should contend for the Pac-12 title. Oregon St. will need to get off to a good start in the conference, however, with that tough back end to the season, where all those road games are going to tend to wear down the team.
(Connor Pelton also contributed to this story.)