Date: Wednesday, November 28th
Tip-Off Time: 6:30PM ET
Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia
TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Streaming Video: Today’s game will be streamed across multiple platforms for users outside of the AT&T SportsNet viewing footprint. The stream will be available on WVUsports.com and the WVU Gameday App. Additionally, fans will be able to tune in live via Roku and Apple TV by searching for the “MountaineerTV” channel on each device.
Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates); XM 381
Streaming Audio: Locate the Mountaineers Sports Network from IMG on TuneIn Radio (or the TuneIn app for smartphones)
Spread: West Virginia -12.5
Total: 160 Points
Where are they from? Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Series History: Rider leads the all-time series 2-1.
Last Time: West Virginia and Rider will meet for the fourth time in history, but for the first time since 1978. The last meeting took place on Nov. 25, 1978, an 88-66 WVU win at the Coliseum.
Record in 2017-18: 22-10 (15-3 MAAC)
Head Coach: Kevin Baggett (7th Season)
|23||Esa Ahmad||F||6-8||225||Sr.||13.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg|
|15||Lamont West||F||6-8||222||Jr.||13.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg|
|50||Sagaba Konate||F||6-8||250||Jr.||12.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg|
|2||Brandon Knapper||G||6-0||180||r-Fr.||4.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg|
|14||Chase Harler||G||6-3||210||Jr.||6.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg|
|14||Dimencio Vaughn||F||6-5||210||So.||17.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg|
|20||Tyere Marshall||C||6-9||240||Jr.||7.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg|
|2||Jordan Allen||G||6-4||195||So.||15.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg|
|12||Anthony Durham||G||6-3||200||Sr.||63.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg|
|23||Stevie Jordan||G||6-0||170||Jr.||7.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg|
KEYS TO THE GAME
- Stop Jordan Allen. Allen is going to try to hurt us from beyond the arc, and we can’t let that happen. He’s 50% from three over Rider’s last two games, with an average of 21 points per game. If we can keep him from getting open looks, we’ll be fine.
- Get the ball to Esa and Sags. Take advantage of the Broncs size disadvantage. Get the ball down low and let Ahmad and Konate go off again.
HOW AFRAID SHOULD WE BE (ON A SCALE OF 1-10)?
Three. This game will be a good warmup for our matchup with the Pitt Panthers next Saturday. The Broncs and the Panthers both use a four guard starting lineup, which we’re not used to seeing.
PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG
We’re another step closer to seeing this team develop an identity. It may not be Press Virginia, but it works. Mountaineers roll over the Broncs without much struggle.
West Virginia 86, Rider 69