So how about that Western Carolina game? I honestly had no idea that they would be limited to 37 points for the entire game. That’s imPRESSive! (heh heh, see what I did there?)
Also, there was a half-decent crowd for that game. Around 8400 people crowded into the Charleston Civic Center (which, let’s face it, is a crappy arena) on a Wednesday night against an awful low-major team.
Not bad, Charlie West.
So now we get a few days off to stress over finals or holiday arrangements and then the Mountaineers return to the Coliseum this weekend.
This is WVU’s 50th all-time meeting against the Virginia Military Institute as the teams were once in the Southern Conference back in the "Hot Rod" Hundley/Jerry West/Rod Thorn days. The Mountaineers have only lost to the Keydets five times in the previous 49 meetings and I don’t see this one going any differently.
Honestly, if it were me, I’d be watching the Army-Navy game once it comes on at 3:00 on CBS instead. Both military academies are actually good and the Black Knights might actually break the streak this year.
No disrespect intended to the outstanding students at VMI. It’s a military academy just like any other and playing basketball is the easiest thing they do as they prepare to defend our great nation. I just don’t see this game being too entertaining.
Before I continue, just want to give one quick shout out to the Shepherd Rams football team. They have, for the second year in a row, advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Football Championship. The Rams will host future Division I-FCS team North Alabama on Saturday at noon in Shepherdstown for the right to advance to the national championship in Kansas City next week.
Date: Saturday, December 10th
Tip-Off Time: 2:00 PM ET
Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, WV
Tickets: General Public ; WVU Students
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 136; XM 199
Spread: WVU by 32.5
O/U: None released yet
Where are they from? Lexington, Virginia
Series History: WVU leads the series 44-5. Both teams were Southern Conference foes from 1950-1968
Last Time: No. 21 West Virginia 103, VMI 72 on November 26, 2014 at the Charleston Civic Center
SB Nation Blog: Mid-Major Madness
Record in 2015-16: 9-21 (4-14 Southern)
Head Coach: Dan Earl (played at Penn State in the mid-1990s and has been an assistant coach for the Nittany Lions as well as the Naval Academy)
KEYS TO THE GAME
- Yeah...not much constructive criticism needed right now. West Virginia has looked like a complete team for the past couple of games now. Until I see something from the Mountaineers that looks especially bad, I got nothing.
HOW AFRAID SHOULD WE BE (ON A SCALE OF 1-10)?
One. I’m as afraid of the Keydets as I am of Mr. Bill.
PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG
Bob Huggins will get win #799 and the only real question is whether the Mountaineers will hit 100 or not.
West Virginia 95, VMI 57