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West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. UMKC Kangaroos Preview: Season 108 Episode 10 - The 800th One

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Bob Huggins will get his first crack at the 800-win milestone against the Kangaroos from Kansas City.

NCAA Basketball: VMI at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

OPENING THOUGHTS

It’s time to take a minute and realize how lucky we have it as WVU fans.

We have one of the all-time best coaches in the history of college basketball right here at West Virginia.

Not only is he a great coach, he is authentic and he has just as much of a fiery personality as any Mountaineer fan. Check out this gem from the 2011 game at Louisville:

His fiery authenticity also carries over to the fans, like the 2010 Pitt game in Morgantown.

But he care just like any coach too, as he did when Da'Sean Butler got injured in the 2010 Final Four game against Duke. He talked about it with Seth Davis three years ago.

He’s a great coach and we’re lucky to have him. Here’s to another 800 wins, coach!

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Saturday, December 17th

Tip-Off Time: 2:00 PM ET

Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, WV

Tickets: General PublicWVU Students (TOWNIES, ASSEMBLE!!!)

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 145 ; XM 201

ODDS

None released yet

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Kansas City, Missouri

Series History: First Meeting

Last Time: First Meeting

SB Nation Blog: Mid-Major Madness

Record: 7-5

Record in 2015-16: 12-19 (4-10 WAC)

Head Coach: Kareem Richardson (former assistant at Xavier and Louisville)

NCAA Basketball: UMKC at Louisville Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

KEYS TO THE GAME

  • Improve in the first half. The Mountaineers just weren’t quite themselves during the first half as the Keydets cut to as close as 25-20 in the first half. Work on shooting and work on offensive rebounds.

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

One. I’m as afraid of the Kangaroos as I am of Kangaroo Jack.

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

UMKC is a pretty good basketball team within the WAC, but the ‘Roos have just lost their second-leading scorer to a Title IX investigation and WVU is just too good. Bob Huggins will be the second coach this week to lock up his 800th win (the other is former Villanova and current Keiser University coach Rollie Massimino) in a massacre.

West Virginia 97, UMKC 53