West Virginia will battle Big 12 Conference member Oklahoma in a rare non-conference clash in the final game of the Old Spice Classic at HP Field House in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
This will be the third time the two schools have met on the hardwood. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
Here are West Virginia’s pregame notes:
• WVU and Oklahoma, both members of the Big 12 Conference, will meet for the third time on the basketball court.
• The two teams last met on Dec. 29, 2007, in Charleston, W.Va., with the Sooners winning 88-82, in two overtimes. The first meeting took place in the 2005 All-College Classic in Oklahoma City with the Mountaineers winning 92-68.
• Bob Huggins is 3-2 vs. Oklahoma: 2-1 at Cincinnati, 1-0 at Kansas State and 0-1 at West Virginia.
• This game marks just the second time in Big 12 history that two league squads have met in a regular season nonconference contest. In the first year of Big 12 play, Texas faced Nebraska in 1996.
• WVU has a 225-149 record in tournament games, including a 101-64 mark during in-season tournaments.
• West Virginia is 16-14 all-time in Florida and has won 10 of its last 14 games in the Sunshine State.
• West Virginia is playing its first season in the Big 12 Conference in 2012-13. The Mountaineers were members of the Big East Conference for the previous 17 seasons.
• WVU returns three starters and seven lettermen from 2011-12. The starters returning are senior forward Deniz Kilicli
(10.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg), sophomore forward Keaton Miles
(1.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg) and sophomore guard Jabarie Hinds
(10.7 ppg, 3.3 apg).
• The Mountaineers have three transfers on the roster in 2012-13. Junior center Aaric Murray
led La Salle in scoring (15.2), rebounding (7.7) and blocks (2.3) in 2010-11. Sophomore guard Juwan Staten
led the Atlantic 10 in assists with 190 as a freshman at Dayton in 2010-11. Senior guard Matt Humphrey
has one year left after transferring from Boston College where he was second on the team in scoring at 10.3 points per game.
• WVU has won 83 of its last 102 games against unranked teams, including 41 of its last 45 at the WVU Coliseum.
• West Virginia is 53-13 in non-conference regular season games under Bob Huggins, including a 27-1 mark at home.
• West Virginia is 84-19 against non-conference teams in regular season games in the last nine seasons.
• WVU has won 72 of its last 90 non-conference games and 77 of its last 96 non-league contests (includes postseason).
• Bob Huggins recorded win No. 700 against Missouri State on Dec. 22, 2011. Huggins became the 20th Division I head coach to win 700 career games. Huggins’ record now stands at 711-269 in his 31st season as a head coach. He recently passed Denny Crum for 20th place on the NCAA Division I all-time winningest coaches list. Next on the list is Don Haskins, who had 719 wins during his career. Only two active coaches have won more games (Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim).
• Sixty-two of Bob Huggins’ 121 victories have been away from the WVU Coliseum.
• West Virginia has made at least one 3-point field goal in 426 consecutive games. The last time WVU did not make a 3-point field goal was against Robert Morris on Nov. 27, 1999.
• WVU is predicted sixth in the Big 12 Conference poll. In eight of the last 10 seasons, the Mountaineers have finished higher or equal to their preseason prediction.
• WVU made its ninth straight postseason appearance last year: 2012 NCAA Second Round, 2011 NCAA Third Round, 2010 NCAA Final Four, 2009 NCAA First Round, 2008 NCAA Sweet 16, 2007 NIT champions, 2006 NCAA Sweet 16, 2005 NCAA Elite Eight and 2004 NIT Second Round.
• It was WVU’s fifth straight NCAA appearance and seventh in the last eight seasons. In the year the Mountaineers didn’t make the NCAA tournament (2007), they won the NIT.
• Bob Huggins has led WVU to the NCAA championship in each of his first five seasons. The last time WVU made five consecutive NCAA appearances was from 1955-60, when the Mountaineers went six consecutive years to the NCAA tourney.
• West Virginia has won 57 of its last 67 games when holding its opponents to 69 points or less.
• West Virginia is 36-0 under Bob Huggins when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
• West Virginia is 98-19 under Bob Huggins when leading at halftime.
• West Virginia is 104-11 under Bob Huggins when leading by 10 or more points in a game.
• West Virginia is 98-5 under Bob Huggins when posting a higher shooting percentage than its opponent.
• West Virginia has won 67 of its last 77 games when scoring 70 or more points in a game.
• The Mountaineers are 90-13 under Bob Huggins when scoring 70 or more points in a game.
• West Virginia is 101-24 under Bob Huggins when outrebounding its opponent.
• This is the 104th season and 110th year overall for West Virginia basketball, which began in 1903. The Mountaineers own a 1,622-1,007 all-time record in intercollegiate basketball competition, ranking WVU 21st among all Division I schools.
• West Virginia has allowed its opponent to shoot 50 percent or better only 29 times under Bob Huggins (179 games).
• Bob Huggins has wins over 20 ranked teams since he has been the head coach at West Virginia, including eight over a Top-10 ranked team in the last four-plus seasons.
• Twenty-four of the last 25 senior members of the men’s basketball team have graduated on time or early since 2004.
• WVU is 5-2 all-time on Nov. 25. The Mountaineers are 77-23 all-time in the month of November