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

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Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Tip-Off Time: 9:00 PM ET

Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia

WVU Basketball | Photo taken by Katie MacCrory


Channel: ESPN2

Announcers: Chuckie Kempf and Chris Spatola

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 391 or online at SiriusXM 981

Radio Announcers: Tony Caridi

Betting Odds: Pitt -4, 138 total points via DraftKings Sportsbook

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Where are they from? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Series History: West Virginia and Pitt are meeting for the 190th time in series play that began in 1906. WVU has won six in a row in the series to take a 101-88 all-time advantage. This is WVU’s longest winning streak in the series since winning nine in a row from 1964-68.

There is not another team that WVU has faced more than Pitt. The two teams met at least once every year from 1917-18 until 2011-12. The series resumed in 2017. Last year, WVU won at Pitt, 81-56. Two year ago, WVU won in Morgantown, 74-59. The Mountaineers are 61-30 against Pitt in Morgantown and 26-10 against the Panthers in the WVU Coliseum. Jeff Capel is 1-4 against WVU (1-0 while at Oklahoma and 0-4 at Pitt).

Record: 5-3

Record in 2022-23: 24-12 (14-6 ACC); lost to No. 3 seeded Xavier, 84073, in the second round of the NCAA tournament

Head Coach: Jeff Capel (6th Season)

NCAA Basketball: NIT Season Tip-Off-Florida at Pittsburgh Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


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

Pitt Panthers: Blake Hinson, Zack Austin, Federiko Federiko, Ishmael Leggett, Carlton Carrington


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