West Virginia (6-2) will hit the road to face undefeated Missouri (7-0). West Virginia is still looking to add a quality win to their record, while Missouri is looking for the national spotlight.
The Tigers are coming off a win against Nevada. Missouri defeated the Wolf Pack 83-70. Missouri, like West Virginia, rely heavily on their guards. In their game against the Wolf Pack, three of the Tiger's guards scored in double digits. Earnest Ross led the Tigers with 28 points while Jabari Brown dropped 24 and Jordan Clarkson added 21.
"Guard oriented," said head coach Bob Huggins. "[They're] really good in transition, big, athletic and fast. Inside guys are talented."
Missouri will lean on their guards against West Virginia and likewise the Mountaineers will look to do the same.
The Mountaineers took care of business against Loyola downing the Greyhounds 96-47. It was lights-out shooting from Remi Dibo that helped the Mountaineers cruise past Loyola.
"We were still able to score because Remi Dibo and Nathan Adrian made shots," Huggins said.
Dibo scored a career-high 19 points including five three-pointers. Terry Henderson chipped in with 16 and Eron Harris had 14. The Mountaineers are shooting the ball well and will look to continue that success against Missouri.
"We shoot it better, we're more perimeter oriented," said Huggins.
The perimeter players aren't only shooting the ball well; they're contributing to the rebounding effort as well. Rebounding played a huge part in the Mountaineer's recent victory.
West Virginia out rebounded the Greyhounds 62-22. Guard Juwan Staten reeled in 10 of those rebounds. Freshman forward, Devin Williams is leading the team, averaging 8 rebounds a game.
"Obviously coming back from Cancun I wasn't very happy about how we rebounded the ball," said Huggins after the game against Loyola. "We emphasized that a great deal. It was better but Juwan Staten was the only one who really did what I asked."
Missouri is not Loyola though. The Mountaineers will have their work cut out for them. As a team that couldn't handle the likes of Wisconsin, Huggins' squad is still trying to pick-up a win against a top contending team to add to their resume. Handing the Tigers their first loss of the season would be a good start.
"Missouri has the longest home win streak in the country," said Huggins. "We're getting ready to get into some competitive play."
The Mountaineers will need Harris to be back to himself in this match-up. According to Huggins, Harris didn't play to his highest potential against Loyola.
"Eron Harris wasn't very good," said Huggins. "He's been really good and he didn't play near as well as he's been playing."
Harris is averaging 20.3 points per game and behind him is Staten who's averaging 16.4 per game. Both Harris and Staten will need to bring their best against the Tigers.
This game's important to both teams and should highlight some great perimeter players on both sides. The game is scheduled to tipoff at 7 PM from the Mizzou Arena. The game will be broadcasted live on ESPN2.