College of Charleston won the Colonial Athletic Association last season while winning 25-plus games for the second year in a row.
Its RPI: 57, a respectable number for a mid-major.
Oklahoma State has added the Cougars in its latest attempt to build a difficult, rewarding nonconference schedule.
The Cowboys will play Charleston in each of the next three seasons, with two of those games coming in Gallagher-Iba Arena and the other at Charleston’s TD Arena in 2019-20.
OSU will host Charleston on Nov. 18 this year. It’s a non-bracketed game as part of the AdvoCare Invitational, which runs Nov. 22-25 in Orlando, Florida. Both OSU and Charleston are in that tournament, along with Villanova, Florida State, LSU, Memphis, UAB and Canisius.
OSU and Charleston have played twice, splitting the all-time series. The Cougars beat OSU in the Great Alaska Shootout in 2002, while OSU won the meeting in 1996 in Stillwater.
Here’s the latest look at OSU’s nonconference schedule, which projects well. OSU plays five teams that finished top-100 in the RPI last season, and that doesn’t include the potential opponents at the AdvoCare Invitational. The full schedule has not been released.
Home: College of Charleston (Nov. 18), Houston (Dec. 8), South Carolina (Jan. 26)
Road: Minnesota (TBA), Tulsa (TBA)
Neutral: Nebraska (TBA), AdvoCare Invitational (Nov. 22-25, feat. Villanova, Florida State, LSU, Memphis, Charleston, UAB and Canisius).