Date: Wednesday, December 20th
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia
Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Tony Caridi & Jay Jacobs)
TV stream: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh (Rob King, Warren Baker & Robby Incmikoski)
Projected West Virginia Lineup
Daxter Miles Jr.
Projected Coppin State Lineup
Why West Virginia Will Win
The Mountaineers are meeting a Coppin State team that is still searching for its first victory. The Eagles don’t have a single player registering in double figures in scoring. Karonn Davis is the leading scorer averaging 9.8 points per contest. WVU has three starters that average double digits. Beetle Bolden comes off the bench and averages 10.9 points per game. Jevon Carter is the Mountaineers’ all-time leader in steals (256). He averages 19.4 points and 5.4 rebounds. Daxter Miles (14.6 points) is WVU’s other veteran presence in the backcourt. The Mountaineers’ defense will likely wear down Coppin State. WVU leads the latest NCAA stats in turnover margin (9.5), is fifth in forced turnovers (20.6), is ninth in steals per game (10.5) and is 12th in offensive rebounds per game (14.2). The Mountaineers are forcing their opponents to turn it over on 27.4 percent of their possessions, second in the country. WVU should cruise to a victory.
West Virginia 102, Coppin State 58