Oregon St. has completed and announced their non-conference men's basketball schedule for 2014, at least the dates (tv times will dictate tip times later), and the Beavers will play 8 times at Gill Coliseum, plus another in-state game. And only 1 game on the east coast, or east of the Rockies, for that matter, a distinct change from the Craig Robinson era.
We previously knew about Oregon St. playing at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, in the MGM Grand Main Event, during the week leading up to Thanksgiving, and host games against DePaul and OOral Roberts, among the highlights, but now we have all the dates on the calendar.
The Beavers open with a non-counting exhibition against Western Oregon on November 7, and follow up with a visit from Rice a week later. Both games are the night before home football games, with the visit by the neighboring Wolves from just up the road coming on Dad's weekend, against Washington St.
The Owls will be in the night before the Arizona St. game, giving RVers especially an incentive to arrive early, and get their tail-gating going after catching a basketball game.
In another somewhat unprecedented scheduling move, Oregon St. plays yet another home game for their next contest, the following Friday night, the visit by Oral Roberts. With the football game in Seattle the next day, its still feasible to catch the basketball game and still drive up to Husky Stadium the next morning.
After the games at the MGM Grand the following Monday and Wednesday, the Beavers return home for a Holiday weekend, and the Civil War (no having the team half way across the country for the biggest weekend of the year!) game, and will return to the hardwood floor at Gill the following Wednesday, Dec. 3, for a visit from Mississippi Valley St.
The following Saturday, Dec. 6, Oregon St. makes the short trip up I-5 to visit Portland at the Chiles Center, to renew their rivalry with the Pilots.
The Beavers then have a week off at the end of winter term for academics, before playing a 3 game home stand that starts with a visit from Mississippi St. of the SEC on Sat. Dec. 13.
Grambling comes into Gill 2 nights later, on Monday, Dec. 15, and the home stand concludes Thursday, Dec. 18, with the visit by DePaul.
Oregon St. makes their lone long haul the following weekend, visiting Connecticut the following Sunday, to return a game in the home and home series with Quinnipiac. But being on Dec. 21, the team will be home in time for Christmas, and the holiday season, with their last home game on Tuesday, Dec. 30, against UC-Santa Barbara, where Associate Athletic Director Mark Massari worked until earlier this year. It will be the first visit to Gill for the Gauchos since 1986.
The one problem here is the UCSB game conflicts with the San Francisco Bowl, which is a distinct possibility for a post-season football destination, but at least that's the only conflict with the pre-season schedule and the football schedule, including the Pac-12 aligned bowls.
And its a much more attractive, and better timed non-conference schedule than ever occurred during the Robinson era, when there not only was little regard for scheduling realities, it seemed at times that extra effort went into making the schedule as unmanagable as possible.
Even if the under-manned Beavers struggle in their first season under new head coach Wayne Tinkle, at least there is a reasonable prospect of watching some worthwhile pre-season games.
The Pac-12 schedule will be finalized and release at a later date.