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GAME THREAD: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Akron Zips — Pre-game updates, TV info, and more

Come hang out with us in the comments section as West Virginia basketball starts a new chapter in the Bob Huggins era

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Date: Friday, November 8, 2019

Time: 7:00PM ET

Location: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia

Channel: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh

Announcers: Rob King, Warren Baker & Robby Incmikoski

Online Streaming: 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 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.

The online stream will be blacked out inside the AT&T SportsNet viewing area. So, pretty much everyone in the state.

Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network on IMG (Online Stream | Radio Affiliates) | SIRIUS: 83, XM: 83

Radio Announcers: Tony Caridi & Jay Jacobs

Betting Odds: West Virginia -11.5, 144.5 Total via

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  • West Virginia and Akron will meet for the fifth time in series play that began in 1905. Each team has won two meetings with West Virginia winning the last two contests. The last meeting took play on Nov. 28, 2011, a 77-56 Mountaineer win at the WVU Coliseum.
  • Bob Huggins accepted his first Division I head coaching position at Akron in 1984. He guided the Zips to a 97-46 overall record and to postseason play in three of his five seasons. The Zips posted 20 or more wins on four occasions. He was inducted into the Akron Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.
  • Sophomore forward Derek Culver was named to the All-Big 12 Preseason Honorable Mention Team, while freshman forward Oscar Tshiebwe was named the Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year. Tshiebwe is the second McDonald’s All-American to enroll as a freshman at WVU (Chris Brooks, 1986). He is the third McDonald’s All-American to play at WVU, joining Brooks and Ohio State transfer Greg Simpson in 1996.
  • With a win at Oklahoma State on Dec. 29, 2017, Bob Huggins moved past Jim Phelan on the NCAA Division I winningest coaches list. Huggins’ record now stands at 860-362 in his 37th season as a head coach. He needs 16 more victories to tie Adolph Rupp for seventh place all-time.



West Virginia Mountaineers: Emmitt Matthews Jr., Oscar Tshiebwe, Derek Culver, Chase Harler and Jordan McCabe

Akron Zips: Cameron Reece, Xeyrius Williams, Ali Ali, Loren Christian Jackson, and Channel Banks


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