Building the Dam has learned seven of the thirteen Oregon State men's basketball non-conference opponents for the 2013-14 season, highlighted by road trips to Maryland and DePaul.
Craig Robinson and company will take their annual trip to the nation's capital on November 17 to face Maryland in a game televised by ESPNU, while the team will visit Robinson's hometown on December 1 for a game at DePaul. It is now unknown whether they will hit both stops on the same trip, or take two separate trips east. Oregon State comes in the middle of a huge four game stretch for the Blue Demons, who will face Wichita State and either BYU or Texas in Kansas City on November 25th and 26th, and Arizona State on December 6th.
In addition to taking the team's most high profile, multi-game out of conference road trip since 1992 visits to Oklahoma, Missouri State, and NC State, the Beavers will host home games against Portland and Towson. The Pilot game will be held on November 13th at 7:00 PM, the start of a challenging two game trip for UP that ends in East Lansing against Michigan State. It will be the first meeting between Oregon State and Portland since the 2007-08 campaign. A date has not been set for the Towson game.
After closing non-conference play with the Diamond Head Classic (where the Beavers will play Akron in the first round and either Iowa State or George Mason in the quarterfinals), Oregon State will begin Pac-12 play with a trip to Colorado. After playing Utah later in the weekend, in what will be the only meetings of the regular season with the Intermountain teams, the Beavers will host Stanford on January 9th and California two days later.
Those will be the season's only games against the Bay Area schools.
The 340th basketball Civil War will be held at Gill Coliseum on January 18th, and the season series will conclude on February 15th at Matthew Knight Arena. After the initial Oregon contest, the Beavers will travel to Washington State and Washington, then return home on January 30th to host UCLA and USC later in the weekend. The first week of February will bring together the Arizona and Oregon schools for the first time of the season, with the Beavers and Sun Devils meeting in Tempe to start the week.
After the aforementioned second Civil War of the season, the Washington schools will come calling, with the Beavers and Dawgs matching up in the first game of the week. As February comes to a close and March begins, the Los Angeles schools will play host to Oregon State. And in the final Pac-12 series of the season, the Wildcats and Sun Devils will pay a visit to Corvallis.
All of the conference dates above are tentative and depend on the television schedule, which will be released in mid-August. Oregon State's full list of opponents will be released early next month.