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GAME THREAD: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Youngstown State Penguins — Pre-game updates, radio info, and more

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Youngstown State Game Thread

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GAME VITALS

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019

Time: 1:00PM ET

Location: Covelli Centre, Youngstown, Ohio

Channel: Today’s game will not be broadcast on TV or online streaming

Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network on IMG (Online Stream | Radio Affiliates)

Radio Announcers: Tony Caridi & Jay Jacobs

Betting Odds: West Virginia -12.5, 140.5 Total via VegasInsider.com

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GAME NOTES

  • West Virginia and Youngstown State will meet for the sixth time on the basketball court. West Virginia has won all five meetings in the series, including a 106-72 win in Morgantown last season. The first meeting in the series was on Jan. 10, 1942, a 50-40 win at the Mountaineer Field House.
  • West Virginia moved back in the AP poll this week with a No. 25 ranking. West Virginia has now been ranked at least one week in 10 of Bob Huggins’ 13 seasons at WVU. The Mountaineers have been ranked 100 weeks in the AP poll under Bob Huggins, including 37 weeks in the AP Top 10. Huggins has had WVU ranked more weeks than any other coach in school history.
  • In the first NET rankings released this week by the NCAA, WVU checked in at No. 12 with a No. 9 strength of schedule.
  • In the latest NCAA statistics, WVU ranks fifth in offensive rebounds per game (15.0), fourth in 3-point FG% defense (24.0), 11th in FG% defense (36.2) and ninth in rebounds per game (43.2).
  • Derek Culver (9.6) and Oscar Tshiebwe (9.5) rank first and second, respectively, in Big 12 Conference rebounding.

LISTEN LIVE

PROJECTED STARTERS

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

Youngstown State Penguins: Michael Akuchie, Naz Bohannon, Darius Quisenberry, Donel Cathcart III and Garrett Covington

PREGAME READING & UPDATES

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