WVU Closes Out 2012 With Eastern Kentucky

  • By Bryan Messerly
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  • December 28, 2012 11:13 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia will battle Eastern Kentucky in a non-conference game at the WVU Coliseum on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. and the game will be televised locally on Root Sports.

Game Information
DATE: Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012
LOCATION: WVU Coliseum (14,000) in Morgantown, W.Va.
TIPOFF: 4:00 p.m.
SERIES: Eastern Kentucky leads 1-0
TV: Root Sports (Rob King and Warren Baker)
RADIO: MSN (40 affiliates) Tony Caridi, Jay Jacobs and Kyle Wiggs
OFFICIALS: Announced on game day

Game Notes
• Sunday’s game will be televised by Root Sports. The MSN Radio broadcast can be heard on Sirius 91 and XM 91.

• WVU began the season playing seven of its first nine away from home. WVU is in a stretch of four out of five at home.

• EKU head coach Jeff Neubauer was an assistant at WVU on John Beilein’s staff in 2002-05.

• Eastern Kentucky junior Ryan Parsons is the son of Mike Parsons, WVU’s Deputy Director of Athletics.

• West Virginia has a 124-29 (.810) record against teams in their first visit to the Coliseum.

• West Virginia is 63-14 in the WVU Coliseum under Bob Huggins, including a 32-13 mark in league games at home.

• WVU is 472-134 (.778) all-time at the WVU Coliseum and 93-17 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 61.4 ppg.

• WVU’s average margin of victory at the WVU Coliseum under Bob Huggins is +14.4.

• West Virginia is 64-3 at home against non-conference teams in the last 10 years, including 45 of its last 46.

• The Mountaineers have won 49 of their last 50 games at home 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 88 of its last 109 games against unranked teams, including 45 of its last 49 at the WVU Coliseum.

• West Virginia is 58-16 in non-conference regular season games under Bob Huggins, including a 31-1 mark at home.

• West Virginia is 89-22 against non-conference teams in regular season games in the last nine seasons.

• WVU has won 77 of its last 98 non-conference games and 82 of its last 104 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 716-272 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’ 126 victories have been away from the WVU Coliseum.

• West Virginia has made at least one 3-point field goal in 434 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 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 61 of its last 72 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 102-20 under Bob Huggins when leading at halftime.

• West Virginia is 109-12 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 70 of its last 81 games when scoring 70 or more points in a game.

• The Mountaineers are 93-14 under Bob Huggins when scoring 70 or more points in a game.

• West Virginia is 105-24 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 1,627-1,010 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 30 times under Bob Huggins (187 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 18-13 all-time on Dec. 30. The Mountaineers are 367-154 all-time in the month of December.