Bob Huggins and his Mountaineer hoops team are rehashing a rivalry with an old BIG EAST foe when they head to Madison Square Garden to face the St. John’s Red Storm. West Virginia is currently off to their best start since 2015, having gone undefeated in their first seven games and taking home the Cancun Challenge trophy.
The action tips off at noon on Saturday.
A special WVU Coaches Show to tip your weekend off
With the football season behind us and much of hoops ahead of us, we have a special edition of the WVU Coaches Show coming your way this weekend.
We’ll take a look back at Neal Brown’s roller coaster first season at West Virginia’s helm. The start of the “climb” was a challenge — but with the help of some hard-working seniors, the Mountaineers ended it with an exclamation point.
But, those seniors are moving on, and those positions need to be filled. We’ll chat about the Mountaineers’ recruiting goals for the offseason, and see which areas they are focusing on filling.
Then, we’ll catch up with Coach Huggins as the Mountaineers gear up for their trip to the Big Apple. Coach sits down with Tony Caridi as they discuss what has led to their success so far and look forward to the rest of their season.
West Virginia brings their best record in four seasons to the “Mecca of Basketball” to face St. John’s for the first time since their last BIG EAST contest on Jan. 25, 2012 (WVU lost 78-62 at Madison Square Garden).
A lot has changed in the years since. The Johnnies are still competing in the BIG EAST, while the Mountaineers moved on to the Big 12 after that season.
The Mountaineers are led in scoring by Jermaine Haley and Oscar Tshiebwe, who both tally 12.3 points per game. Tshiebwe is also the most dominant rebounder in the Big 12 conference so far, averaging 9.7 boards every trip.
LJ Figueroa has emerged as one of the Red Storm’s biggest contributors, chipping in an average of 14.7 points per game along with 2.6 assists and 5.7 rebounds. Mustapha Heron is their top scorer with 15 points per game.
Watching from home?
The game will be broadcast nationally on FS1. You will also be able to stream it via the FOX Sports GO app.
What are the oddsmakers saying?
West Virginia is favored by 4 points in most sportsbooks, while ESPN’s Basketball Power Index has St. John’s as 53.4 percent favorites to win.