Mountaineers in action
MORGANTOWN – Both of West Virginia University’s basketball teams will be in action today as the Mountaineer men and women face Big 12 Conference foes.
The men’s team of coach Bob Huggins will be in Stillwater, Okla., to meet Oklahoma State in a 1 p.m. game at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Mountaineers enter the game with a 9-9 record, including a 2-3 mark in Big 12 play. Oklahoma State, meanwhile, is 12-5 overall but also is 2-3 in the Big 12.
The WVU women’s team of coach Mike Carey will play host to Iowa State in a 7 p.m. game at the Coliseum in Morgantown. The Mountaineers are 11-6 overall and 3-4 in the Big 12 while Iowa State is 13-4 overall and 4-3 in league play.
Both games mark the second meeting between the two programs. The West Virginia men met Oklahoma State 55 years ago, with WVU coming out on top. The Mountaineer women met Iowa State in 2010 in the Virgin Islands, with West Virginia also winning that game.
Huggins enters the game with 719 career wins as a college head coach. He needs five victories to tie the legendary Ray Meyer for 18th place on the all-time NCAA Division I win list. Huggins finds himself in a tie with the late Don Haskins for 19th place. Huggins is the third winningest coach among those still active, trailing only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim of Syracuse.
WVU doesn’t have a single player who averages scoring a double-digit amount of points per game. Leading the team is Dayton transfer Juwan Staten with a 9.9 average, while Aaric Murray, a transfer from LaSalle, scores at a 9.5 clip.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma State boasts four double-digits scorers, led by guard Markel Brown and his 14.4 scoring average. Others include forward Le’Bryan Nash with a 13.9 points average, Marcus Smart (13.2) and Phil Forte (10.8).
The Cowboys are coming off a 64-54 loss at Baylor on Monday night, their fourth setback in six outings. OSU’s most impressive win of the season took place on Nov. 16, 2012, at Tennessee, when it bashed the Volunteers, 62-45. It suffered a one-point home loss to Gonzaga, the team that destroyed WVU in its season opener, 84-50.
The Mountaineer women are looking to halt a two-game slide after suffering league losses to No. 1 Baylor and to Texas Tech. The game will be televised on Root Sports Pittsburgh. Tickets are on sale at WVUGAME.com and 1-800-WVU-GAME.