For the first time since they were Big East brothers, Virginia Tech and West Virginia are going to square off in men’s basketball.
The schools have agreed to a home-and-home series. The Hokies will visit the Mountaineers in 2012-13 and host WVU the following season.
The contracts have not yet been signed.
The teams have not met since a game at Cassell Coliseum in February 2004, when Tech was in its fourth and final season in the Big East. Their last nonleague meeting was in December 1999.
Resuming the series gives Seth Greenberg a good nonleague foe and TV exposure. The game at WVU will be televised on one of the ESPN channels.
The teams met at least once every season from 1968-69 through 2003-04.
Coach Bob Huggins’ Mountaineers went 19-14 last season, losing in the round of 64 in the NCAA tournament. They were 9-9 in the Big East. Their top two scorers, second-team Associated Press All-American Kevin Jones and guard Truck Bryant, were seniors.
The Mountaineers will move to the Big 12 this summer.
WVU and Tech talked three years ago about playing each other in the BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., but Greenberg did not agree to Huggins’ condition of a return game in Charleston, W.Va., which is just a few hours from WVU’s campus in Morgantown.
West Virginia is the latest addition to a yet-to-be-completed Tech nonleague schedule that includes a game in Salt Lake City against 2012 NCAA tournament participant Brigham Young; home games with Oklahoma State and Rhode Island; and a game with UNC Greensboro at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Tech will also play in the Las Vegas Classic, which will feature two games in Blacksburg and two games at the Orleans Hotel & Casino. The other three teams in Tech’s bracket for the Las Vegas portion are Bradley, Portland and 2012 NCAA participant Colorado State.