The Mountaineers return home after suffering two defeats away from Morgantown. After a devastating loss to Duquesne in Pittsburgh, West Virginia played No. 2 Michigan tough, but still fell short in Brooklyn.
So far in 2012, it has been a roller coaster ride for West Virginia (4-5). They started the season on a rough note, but seemed to get the ball rolling against VMI, Marshall and Virginia Tech. Now that they have lost two in a row again, time is running out for WVU to find their niche before Big 12 play.
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies (4-7) are coming off of a two-point win over Valpo Monday night. They are averaging 71.0 points per game this season and are shooting a lowly 42.6% from the field. They also only average 31.9 rebounds per game, which is 291st in the country.
Junior guard Travis Bader leads the Golden Knights in scoring, averaging 19.6 points per game. Even with the high average, he is only shooting 38% from the field. Center Corey Petros (14.4) and Duke Mondy (13.1) are the next highest scorers for Oakland.
Petros leads Oakland in rebounding, averaging 6.9 per game. Forward Drew Valentine is also grabbing 6.0 boards per game for the Golden Grizzlies.
"Greg's [Kampe, Oakland Head Coach] done a great job and they are always 1-2 in their league," WVU Head Coach Bob Huggins said. "They had Pitt within five [points] inside of two minutes, so they're good. He does a great job with them."
For West Virginia, they are averaging 68.9 points per game. Shooting has been a problem for the Mountaineers all year. Their field goal percentage is only 38.9%, which is 327th in the nation. But with the shooting troubles, WVU is averaging 16.7 offensive rebounds per game, 2nd in the country. They are averaging 40.2 rebounds per game as a whole, 36th nationally.
Juwan Staten (10.8) is the only Mountaineer averaging double-figures in points. Deniz Kilicli, Terry Henderson and Gary Browne are all next, averaging just above 8.0 points per game. Aaric Murray is the leading rebounder for WVU, averaging 7.0 per game. When asked about how Murray's attitude has been since the Michigan game, Huggins replied, "Good enough."
Former Mountaineer Tommie McCune is on the Oakland roster, but unable to play due to NCAA transfer rules.
Both of these schools have only met once in the past and that was during the 2010-2011 season. The Mountaineers won that one, 95-71.
The game is Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. and will be aired on ESPNU.