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WHEN/WHERE

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021

Tip-Off Time: 2:00 PM ET

Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia

WVU Basketball | Photo taken by Katie MacCrory


WATCH/LISTEN

Channel: ESPN; DirecTV 206, DISH 140

Announce Team: Karl Ravech and Jimmy Dykes

Online Streaming: WatchESPN, with a valid cable subscription

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Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Online Stream | Radio Affiliates) | Sirius 133, XM 199

Radio Announcers: Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs

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LISTEN LIVE


ODDS

Spread: West Virginia -4.5
O/U: 146


THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Gainesville, Florida

Series History:

West Virginia and Florida will meet for the 10th time in series play. The two teams last met on Dec. 4, 2018, in the Jimmy V Classic in New York City. The Gators won, 66-56.

WVU and Florida have met once in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. It was at Florida on Jan. 30, 2016, an 88-71 Florida victory. Florida has won the last three meetings in the series.

WVU’s last win in the series was on Dec. 3, 2002, a 68-66 victory over the No. 8-ranked Gators in Charleston, W.Va. The first meeting in the series was on Jan. 30, 1963, in Charleston, W.Va. WVU is 2-1 against Florida in Charleston.

This will be Florida’s second trip to Morgantown. On Jan. 17, 1970, WVU came away with an 88-87 overtime victory at the Mountaineer Field House.

Record: 9-4 (6-3 SEC)

Record in 2019-20: 19-12 (11-7 SEC)

Head Coach: Mike White (6th Season)

NCAA Basketball: Vanderbilt at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP:

West Virginia Mountaineers: Jalen Bridges, Derek Culver, Jordan McCabe, Taz Sherman, and Miles McBride

Florida Gators: Omar Payne, Colon Castleton, Tre Mann, Noah Locke, and Tyree Appleby


STATS BREAKDOWN VIA JOEL BRACKEN (@WVSTATSGUY)


PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

The Mountaineers are starting to gel, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I expect Miles McBride to look like a superstar again today but if Derek Culver can stay out of foul trouble, I think he’ll be the difference maker for West Virginia.

Mountaineers fight back from another deficit early in the second half, but ultimately put the Gators on ice late in the game.

West Virginia 80, Florida 73


PREGAME READING & UPDATES

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