WVU, Michigan to Meet for First Time

  • By Bryan Messerly
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  • December 13, 2012 04:55 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia and Michigan will meet for the first time in the inaugural BROOKLYN HOOPS Winter Festival Saturday at Barclays Center on Saturday, Dec. 15. The game will tip at 8 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

Game Information
DATE: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012
LOCATION: Barclays Center (18,103) in Brooklyn, N.Y.
TIPOFF: 8:00 p.m.
SERIES: First Meeting
TV: ESPN (Jon Sciambi and Bill Raftery)
RADIO: MSN (40 affiliates) Tony Caridi, Jay Jacobs and Kyle Wiggs
OFFICIALS: Announced on game day

Game Notes
• John Beilein spent five years at WVU from 2003-07 and posted a 104-60 record. He led the Mountaineers to two NCAA tournaments (2005 Elite Eight and 2006 Sweet 16) and two NIT appearances, including the 2007 NIT championship.

• West Virginia has won 10 of its last 16 games in the state of New York. Under Bob Huggins, the Mountaineers are 14-9 in the state of New York.

• The Michigan game closes out a stretch where WVU played seven of its first nine games away from the WVU Coliseum. Next, the Mountaineers will begin a four-game homestand, including the Big 12 opener vs. Oklahoma on Jan. 5.

• The Mountaineers have won 49 of their last 57 games in the month of December.

• 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 86 of its last 107 games against unranked teams, including 43 of its last 47 at the WVU Coliseum.

• West Virginia is 56-15 in non-conference regular season games under Bob Huggins, including a 29-1 mark at home.

• West Virginia is 87-21 against non-conference teams in regular season games in the last nine seasons.

• WVU has won 75 of its last 95 non-conference games and 80 of its last 101 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 714-270 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-three of Bob Huggins’ 124 victories have been away from the WVU Coliseum.

• West Virginia has made at least one 3-point field goal in 431 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 60 of its last 71 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 101-20 under Bob Huggins when leading at halftime.

• West Virginia is 108-12 under Bob Huggins when leading by 10 or more points in a game.

• West Virginia is 100-5 under Bob Huggins when posting a higher shooting percentage than its opponent.

• West Virginia has won 68 of its last 79 games when scoring 70 or more points in a game.

• The Mountaineers are 91-14 under Bob Huggins when scoring 70 or more points in a game.

• West Virginia is 104-24 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 1,625-1,009 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 (184 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 7-2 all-time on Dec. 15. The Mountaineers are 365-153 all-time in the month of December.

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