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GAME THREAD: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Xavier Musketeers — Preview, pre-game updates, TV info, and more

Join us in the comments as the Mountaineers take on the Musketeers in the Big 12-Big East Battle

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Date: Saturday, December 3, 2022

Tip-Off Time: 6:30 PM EST

Where: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Cintas Center
Xavier University


Channel: FS1; DirecTV 219, DISH 150

TV Crew: Matt Schumacker and Dickey Simpkins

Online Streaming: Fox Sports with a valid cable subscription

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Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates) | WVU Gameday App (Apple | Android) | SiriusXM 375

Radio Announcers: Tony Caridi & Jay Jacobs

Betting Odds: Xavier -2.5, Total 148 points via DraftKings Sportsbook

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Where are they from? Cincinnati, Ohio

Xavier University

Series History: West Virginia and Xavier will meet for the third time in series play. The last meeting took place in the NCAA Sweet 16 on March 27, 2008, in Phoenix, Arizona. No. 12-ranked Xavier came away with a 79-75 victory in overtime. The series began in Morgantown on Dec. 28, 1979, an 82-65 WVU win in the West Virginia Classic

Record: 5-3

Record in 2021-22: 23-13 (8-11 Big East), Won NIT Championship with 73-72 victory of Texas A&M

Head Coach: Sean Miller (6th Season)

Fairfield v Xavier Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images


West Virginia Mountaineers: Tre Mitchell, Emmitt Matthews, Jimmy Bell, Erik Stevenson, and Kedrian Johnson

Xavier Musketeers: Jack Nunge, Souley Boum, Desmond Claude, Colby Jones and KyKy Tandy


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