The West Virginia men’s basketball team has two games slated this season at the Charleston Civic Center. The first match-up is tonight against James Madison University.
As much of a breeze Friday’s night season opening game was, head coach Bob Huggins doesn’t believe tonight’s match-up to be the same. “People (thinking) this is not going to be a good game, well, it’s going to be a heck of a game. We’re going to get tested,” said Huggins.
The Dukes (1-0) are coming off of a 87-75 win over Richmond Friday night. They also had 19 win 2014-2015 season and ended as the Colonial regular season co-champions.
“This team we’re playing is good,” said Huggins. “They’ve got five returning starters, they’re going to win their league, and they’re going to be a top-100 team at the end of the year.”
Things to watch from the Dukes:
Friday evening they shot 50.8% with 45.8 from three point range. Watch out for three’s by 6 foot 7 juniors Kent Jackson and Tom Vodanovich.
6’6” junior guard transfer Shakir Brown had 20 points and pulled down 112 rebounds in his first game in the JMU uniform.
Senior guard Ron Curry was named the preseason All-CAA performer put up 19 points against Richmond.
Against Richmond, JMU pulled down 16 offensive rebounds.
Friday evening the Mountaineers got a heavy dose of new fouls Friday against NKU. The league’s new rules are “to improve the pace of play, better balance offense with defense and reduce the physicality in the sport.” (According to ncaa.com). These rule changes will take some getting used to for the Mountaineers especially with their full court pressure defense.
Look for Devin William and Jonathan Holton to have another huge game in the paint with double-doubles.
Defense also needs to do what they do best, turn them over. JMU only turned the ball over 11 times against Richmond on Friday.
High scoring. Jevon Carter scored 24 points for the Mountaineers, Daxter Miles Jr. added 19 points and Devin Williams tallied 18 points to his 15 rebounds.
Tonight’s tip-off is set for 7 pm and is televised on ROOT sports.
Friday, November 20th WVU will take part in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational by first taking on Stetson at 7 pm also on ROOT sports.