The West Virginia Mountaineers are 10-1 and up to No. 19 in the rankings. They’re looking to make a return to the NCAA Tournament. However, they’ll face a challenge on Wednesday, when they head to the 8-4 Virginia Tech Hokies, who will want to knock their state rivals down a peg.
The Mountaineers have now won three in a row since losing to the Virginia Cavaliers, and they beat the Eastern Kentucky Colonels 84-59 before the holiday break. Jaysean Paige came off the bench to score 17 for the Mountaineers, who were up 50-22 at the half, but took their foot off the gas in the second period.
The Hokies are coming off a 62-79 loss to Saint Joseph’s in another New York game as they were beaten all over the court. Seth Allen led the way with 18 points for Virginia Tech, who shot 40.3% from the field and were outrebounded 48-32. Alarmingly, St. Joe’s had 19 offensive rebounds to nine for the Hokies, and West Virginia leads the nation in offensive rebounding.
These two teams have met 10 times since 1998, with the Mountaineers winning six, including an 82-51 victory last season.