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

Join us in the comments as the Mountaineers take on Toledo for the first time since 1942

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WHEN/WHERE

Date: Saturday, December 23, 2023

Tip-Off Time: 1:00 PM ET

Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia

WVU Basketball | Photo taken by Katie MacCrory



WATCH/LISTEN

Channel: Big 12 Now on ESPN+

Announcers: Andrew Caridi, Warren Baker

Online Streaming: Only available on Big 12 Now on ESPN+

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

Radio Announcers: Tony Caridi

Betting Odds: West Virginia -4.5, 154 total points via DraftKings Sportsbook

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THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Toledo, Ohio

Series History: This will be the third meeting between West Virginia and Toledo. The two teams haven’t met since the semifi nals of the NIT on March 23, 1942, in Madison Square Garden. WVU won the game, 51-39, before defeating Western Kentucky two days later to win the 1942 NIT. The first meeting took place a year earlier in Toledo on Jan. 20, 1941, with Toledo winning, 43-35.

Record: 6-5

Record in 2022-23: 27-8 (16-2 MAC), lost to Michigan, 90-80, in the first round of the NIT

Head Coach: Tod Kowalczyk (14th season)

NCAA Basketball: MAC Conference Tournament Championship - Kent St vs Toledo Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports



PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP:

West Virginia Mountaineers: Kerr Kriisa, Noah Farrakhan, RaeQuan Battle, Quinn Slazinski, Akok Akok

Toledo Rockets: Tyler Cochran, Dante Maddox Jr., Sonny Wilson, Ra’Heim Moss, Javan Simmons



PREGAME READING & UPDATES

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