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West Virginia set to open conference play against No. 3 Houston

The Mountaineers will travel to Houston to take on Kelvin Sampson’s undefeated Cougars on Saturday

NCAA Basketball: Ohio State at West Virginia Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

West Virginia (5-8) vs No. 3 Houston (12-0)

The West Virginia Mountaineers will look to redeem themselves after last Saturday’s heartbreaking 78-75 overtime loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Mountaineers will travel to Houston, Texas on Saturday where they’ll face the undefeated Cougars, who are embarking on their inaugural season in the Big 12 conference. Houston, under the leadership of Kelvin Sampson, returned to college basketball prominence in the American Athletic Conference, consistently finishing in the Top 25 since the 2018-19 season. During that period, the Cougars made appearances in four Sweet Sixteens, two Elite Eights, and the 2021 Final Four.

WVU will once again be without Jesse Edwards, who continues to recover from a wrist injury. During his weekly press conference, head coach Josh Eilert disclosed that Edwards had his cast removed on Thursday, with the West Virginia medical staff closely monitoring his rehabilitation.


Date: Saturday, January 6, 2024

Tip-Off Time: 2:00 PM ET

Where: Fertitta Center, Houston, Texas

University of Houston


Channel: Big 12 Now on ESPN+

Announcers: Ted Emrich and Reid Gettys

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

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Where are they from? Houston, Texas

Series History: West Virginia and Houston will meet this afternoon for the first time. Houston coach Kelvin Sampson is 0-1 all-time against West Virginia

Record: 12-0

Record in 2022-23: 33-4 (15-3 AAC)

Head Coach: Kelvin Sampson (10th Season)

NCAA Basketball: Texas A&M at Houston Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports


Probable West Virginia Starters

# Name Position Height Weight Class Stats
# Name Position Height Weight Class Stats
3 Kerr Kriisa G 6-3 185 Sr 10.0 ppg, 7.0 apg
1 Noah Farrakhan G 6-2 170 Sr 15.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg
21 RaeQuan Battle G 6-5 195 5th 27.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg
11 Quinn Slazinski F 6-9 230 5th 15.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg
13 Akok Akok F 6-10 225 5th 4.0 ppgm 4.7 rpg

Probable Houston Starters

# Name Position Height Weight Class Stats
# Name Position Height Weight Class Stats
4 L.J. Cryer G 6-1 200 Sr. 17.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg
1 Jamal Shead G 6-1 200 Sr. 9.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg
21 Emanuel Sharp G 6-3 205 So. 13.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg
5 Ja'Vier Francis F 6-8 240 Jr. 6.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg
25 Joseph Tugler F 6-7 230 Fr. 3.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg