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March Madness 2018: No. 5 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. No. 12 Murray State Racers, live game thread, updates and more

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When, Where, and How To Watch

Date: Friday, March 16th, 2018

Tip-Off Time: Approx. 3:45 PM ET

Where: Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, San Diego, California

TV: TNT

Streaming Video: NCAA March Madness | Hulu | CBS All Access (Subject to regional availability) | FuboTV

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Game Notes

  • This is the first ever meeting between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Murray State Racers.
  • West Virginia is making its 29th appearance in the NCAA Championship, dating back to 1955.
  • This is WVU’s ninth NCAA appearance in the last 11 years and 11th appearance in the last 14 seasons.
  • WVU has reached the Sweet 16 in seven of its last 11 NCAA appearances (2017, 2015, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2005 and 1998)
  • Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr. are the sixth and seventh Mountaineers to play in four NCAA Tournaments. The others are John Flowers, Cam Thoroughman, Jonnie West, Darryl Bryant and Kevin Jones.
  • Jevon Carter was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row. He became the fourth Big 12 Player (first guard) to win Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors twice.
  • Carter was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team for the fourth consecutive year, joining Purdue’s Chris Kramer (2007- 10) and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft (2011-14) as the only major conference players to do so.
  • Carter was a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 First Team, while Sagaba Konate was named to the All-Big 12 Third Team and Big 12 All-Defensive Team.
  • West Virginia has recorded its 32nd 20-win season in school history. Bob Huggins has 29 20-win seasons (8 at WVU) in 36 seasons.
  • Carter was named CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for men’s basketball in 2017-18.
  • Sagaba Konate has already posted 109 blocks this season. He had 53 his entire freshman season a year ago. Konate has had at least five blocks in nine games this season, one of three players nationally to complete that feat.
  • n the latest NCAA stats, WVU ranks third in turnover margin (5.2), is 10th in forced turnovers (16.5), is 11th in total steals (273) and is fifth in offensive rebounds per game (14.0)
  • VegasInsider.com has West Virginia as a 10.5 point favorite, with the over set at 145.5 total points.

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