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What to Watch For: McNeil Injury Update, Three-Pointers, Rebounding

On Wednesday evening, West Virginia and No. 15 UConn will renew an old Big East rivalry, as the Mountaineers will try to upset the Huskies at the WVU Coliseum.

UConn scoring the ball without Tyrese Martin and Adama Sonogo

Two of UConn’s top three scorers are out for this game and if West Virginia can apply enough pressure to cause problems, the Huskies might be wishing they had the pair. UConn has thrived from beyond the three-point arc, shooting just above 37% on the year. West Virginia has struggled to defend the three-point arc, as they are 247th in the country in three-point field goal defense.

Sean McNeil

The status of senior guard Sean McNeil for West Virginia is interesting to keep track of. On Tuesday, head coach Bob Huggins was unsure of his availability due to a sore back. As of Wednesday afternoon, McNeil was pictured in a team huddle on the WVU Basketball snapchat story in what looked to be practice clothes, which bodes as a good sign for tonight. McNeil is averaging 34.1 minutes per game, and 12 points per game this season.

Rebounding

West Virginia has struggled to rebound the ball, and this season UConn is out-rebounding opponents by 10.4 rebounds per game. If West Virginia consistently gets beat on the glass, it could be a long night for the Mountaineers. West Virginia ranks last in the Big 12 in rebounding and it has been a constant problem this season. Look for Pauly Paulicap to play a big part in West Virginia’s inside game, as Huggins has praised Paulicap over the past week.

West Virginia and UConn will tipoff at 7 p.m. and be televised on ESPN2.

Photo by Dale Sparks, All Pro Photography

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