Thursday, December 8, 2016

No. 19 WVU hosts New Hampshire in first game of NIT Season Tip-off

Jevon Carter scored 11 points in WVU's exhibition win over WVU Tech. (Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

Jevon Carter scored 10 points in WVU’s win over MVSU on Monday. (Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The 19th-ranked West Virginia University basketball team will get its first real challenge of the season when the University of New Hampshire comes to town on Sunday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (2-0) are coming off two blowout wins over Mount St. Mary’s and Mississippi Valley State, where head coach Bob Huggins wasn’t happy with his team’s performances.

The Wildcats (2-1) knocked off Temple 57-52 on Monday night and are favored to win the American East conference.

This will be the third meeting between WVU and UNH but the seventh between Huggins and BillĀ Herrion, who is in his 12th season with the Wildcats.

UNH is a team that can be dangerous from beyond the arc and they try and slow the game down with a half-court offense.

The Wildcats will likely use 2-3 zone defense, which has caused problems for the MountaineersĀ in previous years.

WVU is shooting 34.9 percent from 3-point land.

Nathan Adrian leads the Mountaineers in scoring, averaging 14.0 points per game. The senior notched his first career double-double in Monday’s win of the Delta Devils. Jevon Carter and Teyvon Myers are second in scoring, both averaging 10.0 points per game.

Bob Huggins looks on during WVU's win over MVSU on Monday, November 14, 2016. (Photo Credit: Dale Sparks- All-Pro Photography/ wvusports.com)

Bob Huggins looks on during WVU’s win over MVSU on Monday, November 14, 2016.
(Photo Credit: Dale Sparks- All-Pro Photography/ wvusports.com)

WVU has been without Daxter Miles Jr. in its first two games. The junior has been sidelined with an undisclosed illness.

Jaleen Smith averages 18.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game for UNH. Tanner Leissner averages 14.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

Tipoff for Sunday’s game is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The battle against the Wildcats begins the NIT Season Tip-Off. The Mountaineers will face Illinois on Thursday and Temple on Friday in Manhattan before returning home to take on Manhattan.

 

Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS

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