GAME THREAD: West Virginia vs. Bellarmine

GAME THREAD: West Virginia vs. Bellarmine

Join us in the comments as the Mountaineers and the Knights meet for the first time

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WHEN/WHERE

Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Tip-Off Time: 7:00 PM ET

Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia

 WVU Basketball | Photo taken by Katie MacCrory

WATCH/LISTEN

Channel: Big 12 Now on ESPN+

Announcers: Andrew Caridi, Warren Baker & Angelica Trinone

Online Streaming: ONLY AVAILABLE ON ESPN+

Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates) | WVU Gameday App (Apple | Android) | XM 380

Radio Announcers: Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs

Betting Odds: West Virginia -16.5, Total 140 points via DraftKings Sportsbook

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THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Louisville, Kentucky

Series History: This will be the first meeting between West Virginia and Bellarmine. West Virginia is 7-2 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Record: 2-5

Record in 2020-21: 13-7 (10-3 ASUN) – First season competing in Division 1

Head Coach: Scott Davenport (17th season)

NCAA Basketball: UCLA at BellarmineStephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP:

West Virginia Mountaineers: Jalen Bridges, Isaiah Cottrell, Taz Sherman, Sean McNeil and Kedarian Johnson

Bellarmine Knights: Curt Hopf, Juston Betz, CJ Fleming, Dylan Penn and Alec Pfriem

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

The only predictions that I have for this game is that Sean McNeil is going to have himself a nice little revenge game, and a lot of people are going to be annoyed with the way Bellarmine plays basketball.

If you’re not familiar with the story, McNeil spent one week at Bellarmine for his freshman year before deciding to withdraw. He then went on to become one of the top junior college players in the country, which got him noticed by Bob Huggins. The rest is history.

As for how the Knights play ball, just check out this video:

West Virginia 75, Bellarmine 62

PREGAME READING & UPDATES

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JOIN THE CONVERSATION!

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