The Mountaineers opened up their season last Friday night at the WVU Coliseum by getting a victory over Mount St. Mary's, 77-62.
Juwan Staten led the way for West Virginia, scoring a career-high 22 points. Eron Harris also added 19 points of his own to help him and his teammates win their season opener.
Bob Huggins' team now travels to Blacksburg, Va. to take on long-time rival Virginia Tech. In last season's matchup in Morgantown between the two teams, guard Juwan Staten hit a layup with five seconds in regulation to give the Mountaineers a victory over the Hokies by a final score of 68-67.
West Virginia dominated for most of the first half, building a 12-point first half lead, 29-17. Virginia Tech would close out the half with a 9-3 run, and cut the Mountaineer lead to just 30-24 at the break. In the second half, the Hokies jumped out to a five point lead, 52-47, with just under nine minutes left in the game. Eron Harris would take over the game from this point on. Harris added 10 points in the final nine minutes to finish the day with 14 points, and help lead West Virginia to victory over rival Virginia Tech.
Heading into today's game, 1 p.m. eastern time on ESPN, the Mountaineers look to start the season 2-0 while the Hokies are still searching for their first win, 0-1. Virginia Tech had an ugly loss on Saturday to USC Upstate. While the Spartans only won by a point, 64-63, the loss will be a nightmare when postseason tournament time rolls around in March.
In their season opener, the Hokies managed to shoot just 39 percent (23-59) from the field. The Mountaineers shot a jaw dropping 56 percent (28-50) in their first game of the season against Mount St. Mary's. Shooting the ball well will be a key to winning on the road in a hostile environment at Virginia Tech.
Bob Huggins was asked if he saw a weakness on film that he could expose against Virginia Tech.
"Of course I see something," said Huggins. "That's something you don't want going out in the paper the day before the game."
The Mountaineers are hopeful that guard Terry Henderson will make his season debut at Virginia Tech, but Huggins says that Henderson is a game-time decision.
"He practiced for about 10 minutes today, but we'll see how he responds," said Huggins. "We'll make a decision then whether he will play or not."
West Virginia has dominated the series against Virginia Tech by posting a 47-29 all-time mark against the Hokies with 26 of those wins coming at home. On the road against Tech, the Mountaineers have won just 12 times in 28 meetings. Dating back to 2001, the series is split at three wins for each team in six total games.