MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia's 2011-12 men's basketball schedule will include a second appearance in the SEC/Big East Invitational.
Who and where the Mountaineers play is still unknown and is just about all that remains to be settled for next season's slate.
WVU learned of its inclusion last fall and had to make only a minor change to its schedule to facilitate the made-for-television event.
"Once it was determined the day we would play we had to move someone on the schedule who was in that spot before," said WVU Deputy Athletic Director Mike Parsons, who assists in scheduling. "It happens all the time in basketball, especially when TV is involved. You try to accommodate as many people as you can."
The invitational, which is tied 8-8, started in 2007. The Mountaineers were part of the inaugural edition. They beat Auburn, 88-59, in Birmingham, Ala., as part of a doubleheader that included Georgetown's 70-60 win over Alabama.
Last December it was announced the format would change from four neutral-site games to 12 on-campus games from Dec. 1-3. The new plan will include all of the SEC teams and all but four of the 16 Big East teams - and all but five of the 17 when TCU joins next year.
A Big East team will play four times in six years with two games at home and two on the road. Parsons said WVU plays on the road this coming season.
The schedule for Coach Bob Huggins' fifth WVU season, which won't be released until the summer, is otherwise complete ... although subject to unexpected changes.
"Until the contracts are signed, nothing is done," Parsons said. "There are so many different schools dealing with so many different dates.
"Hypothetically, say we have a game on a Wednesday night in December and against Team X. Well, say Team X decided it's trying to get Team Y to play a home game and the only time they can get that game is on that Wednesday night. Then you have to adjust."
The Mountaineers also have learned about the opposition in the Las Vegas Classic. They'll play two home games against some combination of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Bethune-Cookman, Kennesaw State and a still undetermined team, likely sometime in the Dec. 11-17 week.
Win or lose, WVU travels to Las Vegas to play a combination of Baylor, Missouri State and Saint Mary's (Calif.) on Dec. 22-23 at the Orleans Arena.
Baylor ended a 20-year streak without an NCAA Tournament appearance by making the field as an at-large selection in 2008. In 2010, the Bears, from the Big 12, advanced to the Elite Eight.
Saint Mary's, of the West Coast Conference, has been among the more successful mid-majors the past several seasons. The Gaels made the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and 2008 and won two games in 2010.
Missouri State won 26 games this past season and its first Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title.