Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Tip-off: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: Coliseum, Morgantown, W.Va.
Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Tony Caridi & Jay Jacobs)
TV stream: AT&T SportsNet (Rob King, Nathan Adrian, Warren Baker and Robbie Incmikoski)
Projected West Virginia Lineup
Projected Rider Lineup
Why WVU Will Win
The Mountaineers (3-2) are on a two-game winning streak, where the young team has been playing better. Against Valparaiso last Saturday, Esa Ahmad (17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds) and Sagaba Konate (15.0 points, 8.0 rebounds) had career days. Konate scored 26 points and was 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. Ahmad dropped 30 points. Forward Lamont West (13.4 points) had 11 against Valpo, after scoring a career-high 21 against St. Joseph’s in the Myrtle Beach Invitational. WVU has been without guard Beetle Bolden (13.3 points) the last two games. However, the junior is expected to see playing time against the Broncs. The Mountaineers were plagued by turnovers early on in the season, including a season-high 22 miscues in the loss to Western Kentucky. Since then, WVU has done much better, committing 12 turnovers against St Joe’s and just seven against Valpo. Rider (2-1) began the season with a loss to Central Florida but has dominated its opponents in the last two games. Sophomore guard Jordan Allen (15.7 points) drained 6-of-11 from 3-point range in the Broncs’ win over Wagner. He led the game with 24 points. Dimencio Vaughn (17.3 points) is Rider’s leading scorer. He is shooting 60 percent from the field this season. The Broncs have nine players back from last season’s team, which finished in a first place tie in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Rider went on to the NIT, where they fell by the score of 99-86 to Oregon. Wednesday’s game will be the fourth meeting between the two teams. The Mountaineers won the last time the two teams squared off in 1978 by the score of 88-66. WVU is 21-8 all-time against teams from the MAAC.
WVU 73 , Riders 62
Cover Photo Credit: Ashley O’Brien, BGS