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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 23, 12:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (5,000) -- Orlando, Florida. Television: ESPN. Home Record: WVU 0-0, Davidson 1-0. Away Record: WVU 0-1, Davidson 0-2. Neutral Record: WVU 1-0, Davidson 1-0. Conference Record: WVU 0-0, Davidson 0-0. Series Record: West Virginia leads, 19-16.
GAME NOTES: The West Virginia Mountaineers take part in just their third game of the season on Friday afternoon, as they contend against the Davidson Wildcats during the second day of action at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Florida.
West Virginia played the early game on Thursday and managed to crush Marist in the first round of the tournament in order to advance on the winner's side of the bracket. The victory came 10 days after the team opened the 2012-13 campaign with an ugly 84-50 loss at Gonzaga.
As for the Wildcats, they've split their first four games of the season, thanks to a 75-62 triumph over Vanderbilt on Thanksgiving Day. The win snapped a two-game slide by the team.
The Mountaineers hold a 19-16 edge in the all-time series with Davidson, capturing eight wins in 11 opportunities on neutral floors over the years.
The winner of this meeting will take on the survivor of the Oklahoma/Gonzaga contest in the title game on Sunday.
For the Mountaineers, Thursday's game was vastly different than their opener when they completely rolled over against Gonzaga on the road. This time around WVU made good on 56.4 percent from the field in the first half and 52.9 percent from the floor overall as five players scored in double figures. Eron Harris led the way with 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting off the bench, followed by Terry Henderson with 14 points and six boards. Jabarie Hinds, the only starter in double figures, added 11 while reserves Matt Humphrey and Aaric Murray with 10 points apiece. It is still early, but at least for the time being the leading scorers for the Mountaineers are Murray and Hinds with 12.0 and 10.0 ppg, respectively, the former shooting 62.5 percent from the floor. Much further down on the scoring list is Deniz Kilicli who has made only 4- of-14 from the field, en route to 5.5 ppg.
A tight game for much of the first half, it wasn't until the final moments of the period that the Wildcats were able to gain significant separation from Vanderbilt and then the second half was much more favorable for Davidson as it registered the double-digit win. De'Mon Brooks opened up the offense for the Wildcats with 19 points, clearing a team-high six rebounds as well, while Nik Cochran and Jake Cohen came away with 14 points apiece for a team that show an even 50.0 percent from the field and 9-of-21 behind the three-point line. Brooks, the leading scorer in three of four games, paces the team overall with his 19.8 ppg as he shoots 51.0 percent from the field and 24-of-27 at the free-throw line. JP Kuhlman, who did not see playing time on Thursday, is second in scoring with 13.3 ppg and is first with 16 assists in three appearances for a team that is posting just over 79 ppg.
The Mountaineers showed that they can get the job done in convincing fashion even with Kilicli having his issues once again. As long as WVU doesn't fall in love with the perimeter shot, it should be in store for a potential rematch with Gonzaga two days from now.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: West Virginia 76, Davidson 66
11/23 15:55:58 ET
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