MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia faces Oklahoma in the inaugural Big 12 matchup for the Mountaineers on Saturday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. A limited number of tickets still remain. To purchase tickets call the Mountaineer Ticket Office toll-free at 1-800-WVU GAME or log on to WVUGAME.com
DATE: Saturday, January 5, 2013
LOCATION: WVU Coliseum (14,000) in Morgantown, W.Va.
TIPOFF: 4:00 p.m.
SERIES: Oklahoma leads 2-1
TV: Big 12 Network (Dave Armstrong and Stephen Howard)
RADIO: MSN (40 affiliates) Tony Caridi, Jay Jacobs and Kyle Wiggs
OFFICIALS: Announced on game dayGame Notes
• Saturday's Big 12 opener will be televised by the Big 12 Network on 44 stations nationally. In West Virginia, it will air on YES (New York), MASN (Washington, D.C./Baltimore), PCNC (Pittsburgh), WQCW(Charleston/Huntington), WVFX (Clarksburg), WTOVDT2(Wheeling/Steubenville), WOAY (Beckley/Bluefield), WIYE-My5 (Parkersburg), ESPN3 and ESPN Full Court.
• The MSN Radio broadcast can be heard on Sirius channel 123 and XM channel 194.
• Even though this is WVU’s inaugural Big 12 Conference game, WVU and Oklahoma did meet in a rare non-conference game at the Old Spice Classic in November. The Sooners defeated the Mountaineers, 77-70, for third place.
• Bob Huggins posted a 10-6 Big 12 record during his one season at K-State (2006-07). The Wildcats finished fourth in 2007.
• Bob Huggins is 3-2 in conference openers since he has been at WVU.
• All nine Big 12 teams will be making their first trip to the Coliseum this season. West Virginia has a 125-29 (.812) record against teams in their first visit to the Coliseum.
• West Virginia is 64-14 in the WVU Coliseum under Bob Huggins, including a 32-13 mark in league games at home.
• WVU is 473-134 (.779) all-time at the WVU Coliseum and 94-17 at the WVU Coliseum in the last eight seasons.
• Under Bob Huggins in the WVU Coliseum, WVU is averaging 75.8 ppg, while holding its opponents to 61.5 ppg.
• WVU’s average margin of victory at the WVU Coliseum under Bob Huggins is +14.3.
• The Mountaineers have won 46 of their last 62 conference games at the WVU Coliseum.
• West Virginia is 54-36 under Bob Huggins in conference regular season games.
• 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.
• 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 89 of its last 110 games against unranked teams, including 46 of its last 50 at the WVU Coliseum.
• Bob Huggins, with 717 career wins, needs two wins to tie Don Haskins for 19th place on the NCAA Division I all-time winningest coaches list. 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 717-272 in his 31st season as a head coach.
• Bob Huggins is the third-winningest active coach behind Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim.
• Sixty-three of Bob Huggins’ 127 victories have been away from the WVU Coliseum.
• West Virginia has made at least one 3-point field goal in 435 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 to finish 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 has made nine straight postseason appearances: 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.
• WVU has made five straight NCAA appearances and seven 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 62 of its last 73 games when holding its opponents to 69 points or less.
• West Virginia is 37-0 under Bob Huggins when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
• West Virginia is 103-20 under Bob Huggins when leading at halftime.
• West Virginia is 110-12 under Bob Huggins when leading by 10 or more points in a game.
• West Virginia is 102-5 under Bob Huggins when posting a higher shooting percentage than its opponent.
• West Virginia has won 71 of its last 82 games when scoring 70 or more points in a game.
• The Mountaineers are 94-14 under Bob Huggins when scoring 70 or more points in a game.
• West Virginia is 106-24 under Bob Huggins when outrebounding its opponent.
• West Virginia has allowed its opponent to shoot 50 percent or better only 30 times under Bob Huggins (188 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 five 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 23-5 all-time on Jan. 5. The Mountaineers are 480-304 all-time in the month of January.