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West Virginia Basketball: Upset-minded Mountaineers look for first road win at UCF

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WHEN/WHERE

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Tip-Off Time: 7:00 PM ET

Where: Addition Financial Arena, Orlando, Florida


WATCH/LISTEN

Channel: Big 12 Now on ESPN+

Announcers: Pete Sousa and BJ Taylor

Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates) | WVU Gameday App (Apple | Android) | SiriusXM Channel 386 or online at SiriusXM 976

Radio Announcers: Tony Caridi

Betting Odds: UCF -8, 140 total points via DraftKings Sportsbook

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THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Orlando, Florida

Series History: This will be the second meeting between West Virginia and UCF. The first took place in the semifinals of the 2017 AdvoCare Invitational, with WVU winning 83-45. The Mountaineers would then go on to win the AdvoCare Invitational by defeating Missouri in the championship game. WVU is 19-18 all-time in games played in Florida.

This will be West Virginia’s first conference game in the Eastern time zone since 2012.

Record: 11-6 (2-3 Big 12); lost to No. 5 Houston, 57-42, on Saturday

Record in 2022-23: 19-15 (8-10 AAC); lost to Oregon, 68-54, in the NIT Second Round

Head Coach: Johnny Dawkins (8th Season)

NCAA Basketball: Brigham Young at Central Florida Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports


STARTING LINEUPS

Probable West Virginia Starters

# Name Position Height Weight Class Stats
# Name Position Height Weight Class Stats
3 Kerr Kriisa G 6-3 185 Sr 10.1 ppg, 4.8 apg
2 Kobe Johnson G 6-3 205 Jr. 7.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg
21 RaeQuan Battle G 6-5 195 5th 19.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg
13 Akok Akok F 6-10 225 5th 4.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg
24 Patrick Suemnick F 6-8 235 Jr 5.3 ppg 2.9 rpg

Probable UCF Starters

# Name Position Height Weight Class Stats
# Name Position Height Weight Class Stats
2 Shemarri Allen G 6-4 190 5th 7.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg
24 Jaylin Sellers G 6-4 196 Jr. 17.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg
3 Darius Johnson G 6-1 200 Jr. 13.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg
11 Ibrahima Diallo F 7-0 246 5th 6.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg
21 C.J Walker F 6-8 215 5th 7.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg


PREGAME READING & UPDATES

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