Penn State basketball announced its the 2018-19 nonconference schedule on Wednesday afternoon.
The 2018-19 nonconference slate includes 11 games, with five at home in the Bryce Jordan Center, three away and three neutral-site contests. Seven of the nonconference opponents participated in postseason play last season, with five earning berths in the NCAA Tournament. Seven of the Nittany Lions’ foes recorded 20 or more wins in 2017-18.
“Our nonconference lineup will present challenges for us that will help our team develop and prepare us for our Big Ten Conference schedule,” said Penn State coach Patrick Chambers in a press release.
The season opener, one of the two Cancun Challenge games held in the BJC, features a contest against North Florida on Friday, Nov. 9, in the first-ever meeting between the Nittany Lions and the Ospreys. Penn State then welcomes Jacksonville State on Monday, Nov. 12. The Gamecocks and Nittany Lions have not previously met in men’s basketball
In the 2018 edition of the Gavitt Games, Penn State and DePaul meet for the second time in the unique series between the Big Ten and Big East. The Nittany Lions and Blue Demons square off Thursday, Nov. 15 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. This marks Penn State’s first game vs. DePaul in the Windy City since the 1981-82 season.
Penn State returns to action in the Cancun Challenge with a Tuesday, Nov. 20 game vs. NCAA participant Wright State at the Hotel Riviera Maya in Cancun, Mexico. The Raiders will be the first team the Nittany Lions play against in the Riviera Division of the two-division tournament. Either Bradley or SMU will be Penn State’s opponent in the fourth and final game of the Cancun Challenge on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
Virginia Tech and Penn State meet for the third time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and for the ninth time in program history, on Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the Bryce Jordan Center. The two teams last played during the 2014-15 season, also in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, with a 61-58 Nittany Lion win.
The nonconference portion of the December schedule begins with a contest between Penn State and Colgate on Saturday, Dec. 8 in the BJC followed by three straight games away from home. The Nittany Lions will travel the following week to Atlantic City for the inaugural Boardwalk Classic, facing NC State in a collegiate hoops quadruple-header on Saturday, Dec. 15.
Duquesne returns to the Penn State schedule with a Wednesday, Dec. 19 game in Pittsburgh as the teams will meet for the 49th time. A home-and-home series with Alabama begins with the Nittany Lions visiting Tuscaloosa on Friday, Dec. 21 and the Crimson Tide returning the game during the 2019-2020 season.
The Nittany Lions close the 2018 portion of their schedule by hosting UMBC on Saturday, Dec. 29 in the Bryce Jordan Center. The Retrievers became the first No. 16 seed in NCAA Tournament history to beat a No. 1 seed when they defeated Virginia in the 2018 NCAA South Region first round.
2018-19 Penn State Men’s Basketball Nonconference Schedule
9 -- North Florida (BJC), First meeting
12 – Jacksonville State (BJC), First Meeting
15 – at DePaul – Gavitt Games, DePaul leads series, 6-1
20 – at Cancun Challenge vs. Wright State, Penn State leads series, 1-0
21 – at Cancun Challenge vs. Bradley/SMU, Bradley leads, 3-2/Penn State leads, 2-1
27 – Virginia Tech – Big Ten/ACC Challenge (BJC), Virginia Tech leads series, 6-2
8 – Colgate (BJC), Penn State leads series, 51-24
15 – vs. NC State (Boardwalk Classic, at Atlantic City), NC State leads series, 17-3
19 – at Duquesne, Penn State leads series, 28-20
21 – at Alabama, Alabama leads series, 3-1
29 – UMBC (BJC), Penn State leads series, 3-0