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Game Thread: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies

Join us in running commentary for today's basketball contest against a team with one of the strangest mascots in all of sports. Seriously. Who names their mascot after a castrated turkey?

WVU tips off a brutal stretch of the non-conference schedule this afternoon with old familiar nemesis, the Virginia Tech Hokies. I can hear you saying, "But IE, this is a basketball game, not a football game." Well, I got some news for you: these Hokie cagers are actually pretty good. They sport a perfect 7-0 record, including an impressive win over a ranked Oklahoma St. team in their last outing.

After Wednesday's kerfuffle in the Capital Classic, there was some concern that the four ejected Mountaineers would be automatically suspended for today's contest. Good news: they're all available to play today. Also, Ukrainian big man, Vlad Gerun, is finally available to play for the first time this season after serving an NCAA mandated suspension.

Television coverage is being provided by ESPN2 and WatchESPN (formerly known as ESPN3) at 4 pm ET. So, find a comfortable spot, grab your favorite beverage or threeve, and join in on the running commentary, random observations, silly images, snark, wit, bitches, complaints, moans, groans, cheers, celebration and jubilation in the comments section below.

And, as always...