Youngstown, OH. – For head coach Bob Huggins and the Mountaineer men’s basketball team the last two weeks of 2019 will be completed with good old fashioned bus travel. The men’s basketball team takes on Youngstown State Saturday December 21, 2019 in one of the few games of the season that will not be video broadcasted this season.
The Mountaineers have just these two final trips to Ohio before diving head first into Big 12 conference play, with a road trip to play the Kansas Jayhawks on January 4.
The road game against Youngstown State is more of a rarity in today’s business of college basketball as the bigger teams typically have the smaller opponents travel to them, not the way West Virginia is going to Youngstown State Saturday. In exchange for this one away game, the Penguins will make two subsequent visits to Morgantown to take on the Mountaineers.
West Virginia has just one loss going into the last two game of the season and just this past week broke into the AP Top 25 poll for the first time in a year. Youngstown State currently has a record of 7-5 and has not yet started Horizon conference play.
The Penguins will likely not provide much difficulty for the Mountaineers, especially after West Virginia’s 83-57 home demolition over Nicholls State.
Saturday afternoon’s matchup will be a homecoming game of sorts for both Derek Culver and Oscar Tshiebwe as both Mountaineers are originally from Ohio. Youngstown State’s head coach is also a familiar face for Coach Huggins. Jerrod Calhoun, third-year Penguins coach , has a long history with Huggins having been a student assistant for Huggins while at Cincinnati. The two coaches have maintained a friendship through the years and are very familiar with one another.
The Mountaineers will likely leave Ohio with a victory and a little less than a week to prepare for their next road trip to Ohio to take on Ohio State at Rocket Mortgage Field House in Cleveland, Ohio.