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Mountaineers Will Play Three Times on ESPN's Big Monday

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CHARLESTON -

ESPN released its Big Monday men's basketball schedule for the Big 12 conference this morning and it is sure to please all Mountaineer fans.

Bob Huggins' team will play three times on the ESPN primetime Monday night calendar, beginning with a home game against the Kansas Jayhawks on January 28th.  This will be the first all-time meeting between the two schools.

The following week on February 4th, the Mountaineers will host the Texas Longhorns.

To conclude their Big Monday tour, Huggins' squad will travel to Manhattan, Kan. to take on the Kansas State Wildcats on February 18th.

All three telecasts are slated for a 9:00pm EST tip-off.

The Mountaineers lost their leading scorer and rebounder in Kevin Jones from last season, but they do return a plethora of young players with experience and welcome three veteran newcomers to the squad.

Aaric Murray, a 6'10" 250-pound redshirt junior, will man the frontcourt for Huggins this season along with returning senior Deniz Kilicli.  Murray averaged 15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game during his sophomore season at LaSalle before transferring to Morgantown.

In the backcourt, WVU adds 6'1" sophomore Juwan Staten who, along with Murray, sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.  As a true freshman, Staten started 34 games at Dayton and led the Atlantic-10 Conference in assists with 190.

In addition, Huggins accepted the transfer of 6'5" senior guard Matt Humphrey from Boston College.  As a junior, Humphrey was second on the team for the Eagles in scoring at 10.3 points per game.  He will have one year of eligibility remaining and can play immediately after having already graduated from BC.

WVU faces Glenville State in an exhibition at the Coliseum on Nov. 5th before beginning the regular season on Nov. 12th against Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash.  That contest will be part of the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon and is scheduled to start at 12:00am EST.

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