The West Virginia Mountaineers (16-8, 6-5 BE) are set to take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (15-8, 7-3 BE) tonight in the Coliseum. The Mountaineers are coming off an overtime win against Providence that broke a three game losing streak. Notre Dame has won its last four. Three of those wins came against ranked teams, including Syracuse who held the #1 spot at the time.
The Mountaineer veterans came to play at Providence. Truck Bryant, Deniz Kilicli, and Kevin Jones combined to score 74 of the teams 87 points. Jones continues to lead the Mountaineers in points and rebounds averaging 20.8 and 11.2, respectively. The Mountaineers are currently 50th in the nation in PPG averaging 74.5. The Mountaineers are 30th in the nation in assists. Jabarie Hinds and Gary Browne lead the team with a combined average of 6.5 per game. The Mountaineers are now 90th in the nation in field goal percentage averaging 45.6% per game.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are led by Tim Abromaitis, Eric Atkins, and Jack Cooley. Abromaitis and Atkins combine for an average 27.1 PPG. Cooley leads the team in rebounds averaging 8.4. As a whole, Notre Dame is 181st in the nation in PPG at 67.7 and 183rd in the nation in field goal percentage at 43.2%
At this point in the season, the term “must win” can be overused, but the Mountaineers aren’t in the position to let many more slip through their fingers if they hope to make it to the dance. The game tips at 9:00 and can be seen on ESPNU.