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West Virginia vs Florida Preview: Mountaineers return to the Big Apple to take on the Gators in Jimmy V Classic

The last meeting between the two teams ended in a West Virginia loss. Can the Mountaineers get a little revenge tonight in their old Big East stomping grounds?

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

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Tuesday, December 4th

Tip-Off Time: 9:00PM ET

Where: Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York City, New York

UConn v Iowa State Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

WATCH/LISTEN

TV: ESPN

Streaming Video: Fans can stream the game on WatchESPN, but will need a valid subscription.

Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates); XM 199

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

ODDS

Spread: Florida -2
Total: 143 Points

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Gainesville, Florida

Series History: Florida leads the all-time series 5-3

Last Time: The two teams last met on Jan. 30, 2016, in Gainesville in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Florida won that game, 88-71.

Record: 4-3

Record in 2017-18: 21-13 (11-7 SEC)

Head Coach: Mike White (4th season)

NCAA Basketball: Battle 4 Atlantis-Florida vs Stanford Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

PROBABLE STARTERS

West Virginia

No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Class Stats
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Class Stats
23 Esa Ahmad F 6-8 225 Sr. 16.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg
21 Wesley Harris F 6-8 200 Jr. 7.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg
50 Sagaba Konate F 6-8 250 Jr. 14.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg
3 James Bolden G 6-0 175 Jr. 13.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg
14 Chase Harler G 6-3 210 Jr. 6.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg

Florida

No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Class Stats
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Class Stats
25 Keith Stone F 6-8 253 Jr. 6.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg
13 Kevarrius Hayes C 6-9 227 Sr. 7.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg
2 Andrew Nembhard G 6-5 191 Fr. 7.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg
5 KeVaughn Allen G 6-2 193 Sr. 8.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg
10 Noah Locke G 6-3 205 Fr. 8.3 ppg, 1.4 rpg

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

Seven. This game is going to tell us just how much the team has improved between the season opening loss against Buffalo and now. The Mountaineers are averaging 96 points per game over their current four-game win streak, but will the offense be able to do the same against an SEC opponent?

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

West Virginia narrowly escapes Madison Square Garden with the win thanks to heroic performances by Sagaba Konate and Lamont West. The only thing that would make this better would be West Virginia also escaping with Darris Nichols on the flight back to Morgantown instead of the one back to Gainesville.

West Virginia 78, Florida 77