CORVALLIS, Ore. - Entering their 60th season at legendary Gill Coliseum and fresh off a CBI championship, the Oregon State men's basketball team will host 17 home games to highlight the 2009-10 schedule released by head coach Craig Robinson on Friday. The Beavers will play 15 regular season home games in addition to two exhibition contests, to be announced at a later date.
"There is a lot of excitement surrounding the team heading into this season and we're thrilled to be playing 17 games in front of a great crowd," Robinson said. "Last year, the atmosphere in Gill Coliseum during Pac-10 play and the CBI was electric and it helped us do some things that nobody expected. The support we receive at home this year could make this team a special one."
The 2009-10 season opens with a trip to Lubbock, Texas, for the Duel in the Desert, hosted by Texas Tech. The Beavers will play three games in the tournament, opening with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday, Nov. 13. Oregon State will also face South Dakota (Nov. 14) before a meeting with Big 12 Conference member Texas Tech to close out the tournament on Sunday, Nov. 15.
Oregon State then returns to Gill Coliseum for the regular-season home opener as the Beavers host Sacramento State on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 12:00 p.m.
One of the highlights of the 2009-10 schedule follows as the Beavers will return to Washington, D.C., when Oregon State squares off with George Washington on Saturday, Nov. 28.
Including the game against Texas Tech, Oregon State will face a trio of Big 12 Conference schools as the Beavers host Colorado in the Big 12 - Pac-10 Conference Hardwood Series on Friday, Dec. 4, before the Beavers travel to Nebraska on Sunday, Dec. 13.
Non-conference dates for the Beavers also include home contests with Cal State Bakersfield (Dec. 6), Mississippi Valley State (Dec. 19), Fresno State (Jan. 26) and Seattle (Jan. 6) as well as a trip to Chicago, Ill., to face Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday, Dec. 16.