Monmouth, WVU Preview and Prediction

Monmouth, WVU Preview and Prediction

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Monmouth, WVU Preview and Prediction

Game Info

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018

Tip-off: 7:00 p.m. ET

Location: HTC Center, Conway, South Carolina

Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Tony Caridi & Jay Jacobs)

TV stream: ESPNU (Rich Hollenberg and Debbie Antonelli)

Projected West Virginia Lineup

Esa Ahmad

Lamont West

Sagaba Konate

Beetle Bolden

Chase Harler

Projected Monmouth Lineup

Mustapha Traore

Ray Salnave

Deion Hammond

Nick Rutherford

Louie Pillari

Why West Virginia Will Win

The Mountaineers (0-1) dropped their season-opener in overtime to Buffalo last Friday night, where they struggled with the pressure, were outrebounded, turned the ball over numerous times and made bad passes. A youthful WVU team has a lot of learning ahead. Up next for the Mountaineers is Monmouth in Thursday’s first-round game in the Myrtle Beach Invitational. Lamont West scored 22 points in the opening loss. Beetle Bolden dropped a career-high 21 points before exiting the game due to an injury. Esa Ahmad and Sagaba Konate both had 15 points and seven rebounds. Deion Hammond (15.7 points) and Ray Salnave (10.7 points) pave the way for the Hawks. Monmouth (0-3) has averaged 14.7 turnovers per game this season. The Hawks opened the season with an 85-61 loss at home to Lehigh and an 87-74 loss at Colgate. Last time the two teams met was on Nov. 14, 2014, with WVU winning 64-54.

Score Prediction:

WVU 82, Monmouth 65

Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS

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