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GAME THREAD: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Missouri State Bears — Preview, pre-game updates, TV info, and more

Join us in the comments as the Mountaineers make their season debut under Josh Eilert tonight in Morgantown

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Date: Monday, November 6, 2023

Tip-Off Time: 7:00 PM ET

Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia

WVU Basketball | Photo taken by Katie MacCrory


Channel: Big 12 Now on ESPN+

Announcers: Andrew Caridi, Warren Baker & Amanda Mazey


Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates) | WVU Gameday App (Apple | Android) | SiriusXM channel 383 or online at SiriusXM 973

Radio Announcers: Tony Caridi

Betting Odds: West Virginia -4, Total 136 points via DraftKings Sportsbook

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Where are they from? Springfield, Missouri

Jesse Scheve/Missouri State University

Series History: West Virginia and Missouri State have only met once — the semifinals of the 2011 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. The Mountaineers won, 70-68, in overtime. Josh Eilert served as WVU’s video coordinator during that game.

Record: 0-0

Record in 2022-23: 17-15 (12-8 MVC)

Head Coach: Dana Ford (6th Season)

NCAA Basketball: Missouri Valley Conference Tournament- Missouri State Bears vs Drake Bulldogs Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports


  • November 6 is the earliest date in school history that West Virginia has tipped off a men’s basketball season.
  • West Virginia owns a 98-16 all-time record in season openers, including a 104-10 record in home openers.
  • The Mountaineers return four players from last year’s team — senior Patrick Suemnick, juniors Kobe Johnson and Seth Wilson and sophomore Josiah Harris — who counted for only 10 percent of the scoring from the 2022-23 team
  • Fifth-year senior Jesse Edwards was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention team. Edwards was named to the 20-member Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Preseason Watch List, given annually to the nation’s top center.


West Virginia Mountaineers: Kobe Johnson, Seth Wilson, Josiah Harris, Quinn Slazinski, Jesse Edwards

Missouri State Bears: N.J. Benson, Donovan Clay, Matthew Lee, Chance Moore and Alston Mason


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