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No.11 WVU hosts Radford on Tuesday

Members of the WVU basketball team celebrate their win over UMKC on Saturday, January 17, 2016. (Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

Members of the WVU basketball team celebrate their win over UMKC on Saturday, January 17, 2016.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Win No.800 is in the books for West Virginia University head coach Bob Huggins and now it’s onward for him and the Mountaineers.

No. 11 WVU (9-1) hosts a 4-6 Radford on Tuesday night at the Coliseum.

“Press Virginia” has been baffling opponents all season. Teams have been struggling to stop the aggressive pressure defense.

WVU leads the country in turnover margin (15.4), turnovers forced (26.1), offensive rebounds (16.7) and steals (13.9).

The Mountaineers are outscoring opponents by 34.5 points. WVU has even cut back on the amount of fouls committed.

Last season the Mountaineers committed 23.5 fouls per game, which was third most in the country but this season WVU is committing 18.5 fouls per game.

Mountaineers Daxter Miles Jr. (from left) Esa Ahmad and Nathan Adrian apply pressure to create a turnover.  (Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

Mountaineers Daxter Miles Jr. (from left) Esa Ahmad and Nathan Adrian apply pressure to create a turnover.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

Sophomore Esa Ahmad leads the Mountaineers in scoring, averaging 12.6 points per game. Senior Nathan Adrian contributes 10.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest.

Daxter Miles Jr. (9.7 points) has been excellent from beyond the arc this season and junior Jevon Carter (9.2 points) leads the Big 12 in steals.

The Highlanders are 0-4 this season against opponents with an RPI in the Top 100.

Radford is coming off a 100-64 loss to UNC-Wilmington on Saturday.

Forward Ed Polite (10.2 points, 10.1 rebounds) averages a double-double for the Highlanders. Junior Christian Bradford averages 8.1 points.

Former WVU assistant coach Mike Jones is the head coach of the Highlanders. Jones was an assistant during the 2002-03 season under John Beilein.

The Mountaineers and Radford have squared off five times in the past. WVU has won all five games.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

 

Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS

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