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

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WHEN/WHERE

Date: Saturday, December 30, 2023

Tip-Off Time: 7:00 PM ET

Where: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, Ohio



WATCH/LISTEN

Channel: FOX

Announcers: Jason Benetti and Jim Jackson

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 Channel 392 or online at SiriusXM 982

Radio Announcers: Tony Caridi

Betting Odds: Ohio State -9.5, 145.5 total points via DraftKings Sportsbook

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THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Columbus, Ohio

Series History: Saturday’s game will be the 18th in all-time series play that began in 1940. WVU has won eight of the last nine meetings. WVU has won the last three meetings, but the Buckeyes hold a 9-8 series lead. The two teams last met in Cleveland on Dec. 29, 2019, with No. 22 WVU defeating No. 2 Ohio State, 67-59. Ohio State’s last win came on Nov. 28, 1995, in Columbus, 77-68.

Record: 10-2

Record in 2022-23: 16-19 (5-15 Big Ten)

Head Coach: Chris Holtmann (7th Season)

Syndication: The Columbus Dispatch Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA TODAY NETWORK



PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP:

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

Ohio State Buckeyes: Jamison Battle, Zed Key, Roddy Gayle Jr, Bruce Thornton, Evan Mahaffey



PREGAME READING & UPDATES

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