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

Join us in the comments as the finally-at-full-strength Mountaineers take on the Minutemen in the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic.

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Date: Saturday, December 16, 2023

Tip-Off Time: 6:30 PM ET

Where: MassMutual Center, Springfield, Massachusetts


Channel: ESPNU

Announcers: Robert Lee and Malcolm Huckaby

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) | SiriusXM Channel 385 or online at SiriusXM 975

Radio Announcers: Tony Caridi

Betting Odds: West Virginia -2.5, 146.5 total points via DraftKings Sportsbook

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Where are they from? Amherst, Massachusetts

Series History: WVU and Massachusetts, former Atlantic 10 rivals, will meet for the 42nd time since 1972. WVU leads 28-13. The two teams last met in the 2007 NIT in Morgantown with WVU winning, 90-77. The Mountaineers would then go on to win the NIT that season. • WVU last played in Springfield on Jan. 3, 1995, with No. 4 UMass winning, 95-65.

Record: 5-2

Record in 2022-23: 15-16 (6-12 A10)

Head Coach: Frank Martin (2nd Season)

NCAA Basketball: Louisiana State at South Carolina Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports


West Virginia Mountaineers: Kobe Johnson, Ofri Naveh, Josiah Harris, Quinn Slazinski, Jesse Edwards

UMass Minutemen: Josh Cohen, Matt Cross, Rahsool Diggins, Keon Thompson, Jayden Ndigue


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