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Mountaineers and Antelopes set to Play

Team Stats

Points Per Game 73.1 75.7
Points Against 76.9 67.5
Field Goal % 41.3% 45.4%
Rebounds Per Game 39.4 36.4
Assists Per Game 13.4 14.1
Blocks Per Game 3.5 2.2
Steals Per Game 6.2 6.1
Streak L1 L1

 

Tip-off: 7:00 pm est

TV/Streaming: WVUSports.com

Play-by-play: Tony Caridi

Commentator: Jay Jacobs

Location: Morgantown, WV (WVU Coliseum)

 

The West Virginia Mountaineers (14-20) meet the Grand Canyon Antelopes (20-13) Wednesday night inside the WVU Coliseum in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

This will be the first appearance in the CBI for the Mountaineers since its conception in 2007, while this will be back-to-back appearances for the Antelopes. WVU hasn’t hosted a home post-season game since 2007 in a win over NC State in the quarterfinals of the NIT.

The Antelopes are led by former NBA All-Star Dan Majerle, who is now in his sixth season at the helm. He’s compiled a 103-58 record, has never had a losing season under his watch and this is their fourth straight season with at least 20 wins.

Grand Canyon played tough against some of the better talent around college basketball. Despite the losses, they stayed within striking distance against a top 20 Nevada team and Seton Hall. Although, they didn’t pick up a win against any program currently sitting in the NCAA Tournament, there’s no question this is one of the tougher teams in the CBI.

“Their guards are playing well. They run really good stuff. They have great size. They have as good as size that we have played” Said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins.

The Antelopes had a nice run in their conference tournament after finished third in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), however, fell short in the Championship game against New Mexico State.

Huggins reiterated how good this team has been all year not just as of late. “They’ve been good all year. They have a little more momentum right now, but they’ve been good all year. Dan does a great job of coaching and they run really good stuff. They play hard and their huge.”

Grand Canyon guards Carlos Johnson and Damari Milstead combine for 24.9 points a game and they create havoc with their mid-range game but will hurt you outside of the perimeter.

West Virginia surprised fans around the country with the upset win over then ranked No. 7 Texas Tech in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament

“I thought defensively we were much better. I thought we competed a lot harder. You know by and large we ran pretty descent offense.” Stated Huggins.

Don’t let that mid-major status fool you as Huggins stated a few times throughout his meeting with the media this team has a lot of size starting with starting center Alessandro Lever and forward Michael Finke coming in at 6-10.

Lever is the team’s best 3-point shooter at 36.0% and that will be a challenge for freshman big man Derek Culver having to go out and possibly defending the perimeter.

The Mountaineers have only had one practice since the Big 12 Tournament, but WVU guard Chase Harler stated that it’s been good, competitive and it’s the same energy level they had going into the post-season.

 

Grand Canyon Stats

Name
C. Johnson G
A. Lever F
M. Finke F
D. Milstead G
T. Drechsel G
O. Frayer F
M. Jackson F
G. Martin G
T. Finke G
R. Blumbergs F
R. Gerdes F
B. Hibbitts F
J.J. Rhymes G
Q. Smith G
Total
MIN FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA PTS OR DR REB AST TO STL BLK
811 165 336 121 154 32 96 483 47 89 136 50 89 32 5
854 150 334 78 105 40 111 418 40 97 137 46 55 13 2
785 135 248 62 75 34 106 366 58 95 153 43 28 9 1
930 113 282 85 113 28 85 339 18 68 86 119 63 46 4
852 98 225 48 70 25 83 269 26 165 191 81 56 29 7
818 86 204 23 43 40 120 235 40 100 140 36 34 28 22
483 44 99 21 31 9 33 118 20 58 78 28 15 7 8
367 27 55 10 12 12 30 76 9 39 48 27 18 18 6
515 38 99 22 39 18 48 116 26 68 94 29 19 12 4
208 23 53 11 13 7 29 64 9 32 41 5 12 8 12
21 3 8 2 4 3 7 11 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
882 1944 483 659 248 748 2497 344 858 1202 466 397 202 71

 

West Virginia Stats
Name
S. Konate F
J. Bolden G
E. Ahmad F
D. Culver F
L. West F
W. Harris F
J. Haley G
J. McCabe G
B. Knapper G
C. Harler G
E. Matthews Jr. F
A. Gordon F
L. Routt F
T. Doomes G
T. Horton G
Total
MIN FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA PTS OR DR REB AST TO STL BLK
193 37 85 26 32 9 23 109 15 49 64 11 17 6 22
385 70 171 50 61 30 86 220 21 26 47 45 39 19 3
647 98 212 69 106 12 50 277 56 78 134 42 65 20 17
660 97 212 87 148 0 1 281 88 158 246 40 62 14 15
846 111 293 88 113 58 177 368 45 91 136 27 47 22 11
555 53 138 47 68 20 62 173 33 66 99 17 32 15 9
837 82 161 44 69 12 46 220 37 95 132 83 67 32 5
587 60 185 26 35 40 116 186 12 34 46 78 46 27 0
409 49 134 33 43 25 74 156 2 45 47 45 48 16 0
754 62 164 12 17 33 104 169 8 30 38 35 23 10 11
463 52 128 25 34 13 52 142 39 46 85 18 25 14 6
230 30 71 17 30 0 0 77 23 36 59 4 35 6 11
255 29 54 15 32 0 0 73 37 27 64 4 11 5 9
46 7 18 12 18 0 0 26 5 6 11 2 3 3 0
33 4 10 1 2 1 7 10 0 3 3 3 0 1 0
841 2036 552 808 253 798 2487 489 850 1339 454 535 210 119

 

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