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West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Manhattan Jaspers Preview: Season 108 Episode 6 - The One For The ‘58 Team

Between a trip to Brooklyn and a tough road game at Virginia, the Mountaineers looks to exact revenge for one of the best teams in school history.

NCAA Basketball: NIT Season Tip-Off-Temple vs West Virginia Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

OPENING THOUGHTS

Despite that comeback that ended up being just short against Temple on Friday, I think it was a pretty good weekend for Mountaineer fans overall.

The football team steamrolled Iowa State, the women’s soccer team shutout Duke to punch their ticket to San Jose and the Final Four and the women’s basketball team went 3 for 3 in the Savannah Invitational and beat High Point on Sunday to remain undefeated.

We also got to see The Pride of West Virginia at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Not a bad weekend at all.

The Temple game did expose some concerns about the team, but luckily it exposed them earlier rather than later. I’m confident that Bob Huggins will do what he can to make the necessary adjustments to compete against Virginia and the Big 12.

Meanwhile, we take on a Manhattan team that doesn’t look that impressive right now with losses against Bucknell and Winthrop. However, the Jaspers almost always seem to start every season off this way, before getting to the NCAA Tournament.

Who knows?

They may surprise us.

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Monday, November 28th

Tip-Off Time: 7:00 PM ET

Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, WV

Tickets: General PublicWVU Students

WATCH/LISTEN

TV: ROOT Sports Pittsburgh

Radio: WZST Variety 101 (100.9 FM in Morgantown) and the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates)

Streaming Audio: Locate the Mountaineers Sports Network from IMG on TuneIn Radio (or the TuneIn app for smartphones)

Satellite Radio: Sirius 132; XM 199

ODDS

Spread: West Virginia by 23 (according to OddsShark)

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? New York, New York

Series History: Series tied 3-3. The Jaspers upset Jerry West and the top-ranked Mountaineers, 89-84, in the first round of the 1958 NCAA Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

Last Time: West Virginia 73, Manhattan 42 on December 18, 1981 at the Charleston Civic Center

SB Nation Blog: Mid-Major Madness

Record: 2-3

Record in 2015-16: 13-18 (9-11 MAAC)

Head Coach: Steve Masiello (originally slated to become the head coach at South Florida in 2014, but the offer was rescinded when it was revealed that he did not graduated from the University of Kentucky, contradicting his resume)

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Hampton vs Manhattan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

KEYS TO THE GAME

  • Offensive boards. West Virginia got out-rebounded off the offensive glass 13-9 (*painful flashback, I wish I could have prevented*) in the first half. That was the Mountaineers’ bread and butter last year. If it can’t be improved on, we might be looking at the NIT instead of the NCAA’s.
  • FREAKIN’ FREE THROWS!!! How many times must I say improve foul shooting before you will do it. WVU was 61% from the line on Friday and it probably cost them the game!

HOW AFRAID SHOULD WE BE (ON A SCALE OF 1-10)?

One. I am as afraid of the Jaspers as I would be of Barney Stinson’s one night stands.

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

I believe that Bob Huggins will get many of the kinks in the lineup figured out this week and steamroll Manhattan in the process. Coming up next is what should be a really good game at Virginia. Try to catch as much of it as you can before the WVU-Baylor football game on Saturday.

West Virginia 93, Manhattan 64