Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Tip-Off Time: Noon ET
Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West “By God” Virginia
Tickets: Tickets are available via StubHub
Streaming Video: WatchESPN
Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates)
Streaming Audio: Locate the Mountaineers Sports Network from IMG on TuneIn Radio (or the TuneIn app for smartphones)
Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 83
Not yet released
Where are they from? Columbia, Missouri
Series History: The all-time series between West Virginia and Missouri is tied at 2-2.
Last Time: No. 23 West Virginia 83, Missouri 79 on November 26, 2017 in the championship game of the Advocare Invitational in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
SB Nation Blog: Rock M Nation
Record: 9 - 9 (1-5 SEC)
Record in 2087-19: 15 -17 (5-13 SEC)
Head Coach: Cuonzo Martin (3rd Season)
Based on previous game’s starters
West Virginia Mountaineers: Emmitt Matthews Jr., Oscar Tshiebwe, Derek Culver, Jermaine Haley and Jordan McCabe
Missouri Tigers: Mitchell Smith, Reed Nikko, Dru Smith, Mark Smith and Javon Pickett
HOW AFRAID SHOULD WE BE (ON A SCALE OF 1-10)?
Five. Let me be clear here: Missouri is bad. But that doesn’t mean there’s not a precedent for a West Virginia team coming out flat and losing a game they should win by a large margin. If the Mountaineers lose, it’s by their own doing.
PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG
This won’t be a Texas-style #beatemdown, but I expect the Mountaineers to win this one pretty handily. Our greatest kaiju, Oscar Tshiebwe, is coming into his final form and it’s going to be tough for anyone to match up with him. Maybe local hero Spencer Macke gets some playing time again and adds to his career statline in the final minutes.
West Virginia 81, Missouri 63