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The Shotgun/Throwdown: West Virginia preparing for The Backyard Brawl: Basketball Edition

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NCAA Basketball: Pittsburgh at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

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It’s time for the basketball edition of the Backyard Brawl.

The West Virginia men’s basketball team is traveling to Pittsburgh tomorrow night to take on the Panthers. Both teams are coming into the game with 1-0 records. The Mountaineers won their season opener over Mount St. Mary’s, 76-58. Fifth-year senior Emmitt Matthews led the way for WVU with 15 points and five assists, while also bringing some intensity on the defensive end. Sophomore transfer Mohamed Wague scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds, to lead the Mountaineers on the boards. WVU struggled with turnovers, committing 18, despite head coach Bob Huggins’ desire to commit less than 10. The Mountaineers will need to take care of the ball in the Brawl because Pitt capitalized on forcing turnovers in its win over Tennessee-Martin on Monday.

The Backyard Brawl will tip off at 7:00 p.m. ET on ACC Network Extra on ESPN+.


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Flynn Signs Pennsylvania State Champion

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Around the Big 12

TCU vs. Texas odds, prediction, betting trends for prime-time Big 12 showdown

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Around the NCAA

Alabama vs Ole Miss Prediction Game Preview

College football’s biggest game of the week #9 Alabama and #11 Ole Miss, where the Crimson Tide is favored by double digits.

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