No. 21 West Virgina looks to continue rolling on Wednesday evening when they take the trip south on I-79 and play VMI at the Charleston Civic Center. The Mountaineers enter on a high note defeating the defending national champions UConn, and winning the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
When: Wednesday, November 26
Where: Charleston Civic Center
Tip: 7:30 pm
TV: WOWK – Charleston, WVa.
Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG
West Virginia and VMI will meet for the first time since 2012, with the Mountaineers holding a 43-5 series lead. WVU leads when playing at a neutral site 17-2.
VMI is lead by Duggar Baucom who is 142-142 at the school, and 2-2 this season.
The last time the Mountaineers and Keydets met on the hardwood, WVU won 94-69.
Guard Q.J. Peterson is averaging 22 ppg and will look to guide VMI to the upset. The Keydets will also look to guard Brian Brown who is averaging 11 ppg.
VMI is a team that likes to play fast, and has already hit the 100-point mark this season.
West Virginia is coming off an impressive run in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off where they defeated George Mason, Boston College and defending national champion UConn.
The tourney win landed the Mountaineers in the Top 25 in both the AP and Coaches Polls.
Guard Juwan Staten leads the Mountaineer attack averaging 15 ppg, while Devin Williams is averaging 13 points and 9 boards per game. Jonathan Holton, who has been a nice addition, is averaging 11 points and 7 rebounds per contest.
What WVU needs to do to win:
Put VMI away early.
This isn’t a game the Mountaineers should have trouble with, but WVU doesn’t always set the world on fire from the field.
The overall athleticism and length of WVU is enough to send the home crowd home happy tonight. The Mountaineers need to take care of business tonight and again on Saturday when the College of Charleston comes to town.
The Mountaineers will then focus on LSU on December 4 in the Big12/SEC Challenge.