WVU "welcomes" their rivals of Virginia Tech into the Oliver Garden. This place is going to be electric.
Game Day Vitals
- (3-3) vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (7-0)
- Series Record 46-29, 25-10 in Morgantown
- Location - Oliver Garden (14,000), Morgantown, West Virginia
- Vegas Lines - Spread: (-8) U/O 141.5
- Date - December 8, 2012 at 4:00pm EST
- Television - ESPN2
- No Black Diamond Trophy
- Radio Affiliates
- Virginia Tech Hokies
- Conference - Atlantic Coast Conference
- Head Coach - James Johnson, First year, 7-0
- Season to Date - 7-0 Overall
- Last Result - Won vs. #15 Oklahoma State 81-71
- Official Virginia Tech athletics website
Rivalries with James Johnson
When I found out a few months ago that WVU was to play Virginia Tech in Morgantown, I was ready to play it right then and there. My feelings for the Hokies have been well-documented on this website. People who know me personally know how I feel about Virginia Tech at any point in any conversation ("Virginia Tech? F*ck 'em.") Hell, my girlfriend used to end text conversations with "Hokie dokie" and it was immediately responded with "Don't say Hokie." My true feelings can be summed up with this quote:
"I hate you. I hate you. I don't even know you, and I hate your guts. I hope all the bad things in life happen to you and nobody else but you."
-Silky Johnston, Two-time Player Hater of the Year (2002, 2003)
Also, I seriously dislike anyone around this campus wearing VT gear as a student at WVU. It frustrates me to no end the acceptance of Hokie clothing here.... but it's not their fault. The Black Diamond rivalry has been swept under the rug for some recent students because we simply don't play each other. However, this Mountaineer fan base certainly knows what it's about. There's a reason why this game is sold out and Coach Johnson has no idea what it really is.
My humble response:
Erick Green is a 6'3" guard who's shooting over 50% from the floor and Jarell Eddie is a 6'7" small forward that shoots 53% from beyond the arc. The Mountaineers need to know where both Green and Eddie are at all times.
This game is a total tournament resume builder. This Virginia Tech team is going dancing under their first year head coach who knows what he's doing and a win today could start to shape a great course of the season. If the Mountaineers can out-work Tech, then I think it would a tremendous confidence builder for both the program looking for an identity going forward to Duquesne and a trip to Brooklyn against John Beilein.