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West Virginia Men’s Basketball Schedules North Texas for Home Opener on Friday, Dec. 11

After COVID-19 canceled the Robert Morris game on Wednesday, WVU found an opponent to play on short notice for its debut in the newly renovated WVU Coliseum

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West Virginia men’s basketball was originally scheduled to play its home opener on Wednesday, Dec. 9, against Robert Morris. Unfortunately, their debut in the newly renovated WVU Coliseum was pushed back as the Colonials had to withdraw due to COVID-19 issues.

Now, the Mountaineers (4-1) will host North Texas on Friday, Dec. 11, in their official 2020-21 home opener, the school announced today. The game will tip at 3 p.m. ET and steam on ESPN+ as part of the Big 12 Now package.

The home opener against Robert Morris was not the first game in the WVU season impacted by COVID-19. WVU’s season-opening opponent in the Crossover Classic changed three times before settling on South Dakota State.

Friday will be the first time the Mean Green (1-2) and Mountaineers will meet in a men’s basketball game. They are currently 1-2; both losses were suffered on the road against Arkansas and Mississippi.

WVU is looking to continue its solid start to the 2020-21 season and build on its 80-71 win over Georgetown on Sunday. The Mountaineers are scheduled to play in-state rival Richmond at the Coliseum on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. (find the joke).