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Join us in the comments as the Mountaineers go out-of-conference one last time to take on the Razorbacks in the Big 12/SEC Challenge

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WHEN/WHERE

Date: Saturday, January 29, 2022

Tip-Off Time: 2:00PM ET

Where: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Arkansas



WATCH/LISTEN

Channel: ESPN2 | DirecTV 209, Dish 143

Announcers: Kevin Fitzgerald and Dane Bradshaw

Online Streaming: ESPN with a valid cable subscription

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Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates) | WVU Gameday App (Apple | Android) | XM 383, Sirius App 973

Radio Announcers: Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs

Betting Odds: Arkansas -8.5, Total 142 points via DraftKings Sportsbook

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THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Fayetteville, Arkansas

Series History: Arkansas leads the series, 1-0, with West Virginia. The only meeting took place in the championship game of the 2006 Old Spice Classic in Orlando. The Razorbacks came away with a 71-64 victory. This will be West Virginia’s first game ever played in the state of Arkansas. Arkansas marks the 40th different state that West Virginia basketball has played a game in.

Record: 15-5 (5-3 SEC)

Record in 2020-21: 25-7 (13-4 SEC), Lost to No. 1 seed Baylor in Elite Eight

Head Coach: Eric Musselman (3rd season)

NCAA Basketball: South Carolina at Arkansas Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports



PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP:

West Virginia Mountaineers: Jalen Bridges, Isaiah Cottrell, Taz Sherman, Sean McNeil and Kedarian Johnson

Arkansas Razorbacks: Trey Wade, Jaylin Williams, Stanley Umude, JD Notae and Au’Diese Toney



PREGAME READING & UPDATES

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