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Juwan Staten went 1-of-6 from the floor against Virginia Tech last season, but the shot he made was the difference-maker in a 68-67 victory.

 

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The undeniable highlight from Juwan Staten’s mercurial sophomore season as West Virginia’s point guard was this: Driving through the Virginia Tech defense for a go-ahead layup with five seconds left.

Staten’s bucket made the difference in a 68-67 win inside the nearly-packed WVU Coliseum, and Tuesday the Mountaineers visit Virginia Tech for the return game.

“We definitely know they’re going to be coming at us hard,” Staten said. “It will be a good road test for us early.”

WVU (1-0) and the Hokies (0-1) share an odd 1 p.m. weekday start time as part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-off Marathon.

Thanks to graduation and suspensions, Virginia Tech’s roster looks drastically different than when these old rivals tangled last December in Morgantown. “There’s no Erick Greene to worry about—that’s definitely a relief,” Staten joked.

Green, the nation’s leading scorer last season at 25 points per game, dropped 23 on WVU and missed a potential game-changing 3-pointer at the buzzer. Now that Green is playing in Italy, Virginia Tech was expected to turn the point guard duties over to Marquis Rankin, but he’s away from the team dealing with personal issues, which leaves freshman Devin Wilson as the starter.

West Virginia could be missing a key player of its own, with guard Terry Henderson (shin inflammation) unable to go through a full practice Monday before team bus departed campus. Freshman forward Nathan Adrian is probable after spraining his ankle in the second half in a 77-62 win over against Mount Saint Mary’s.

That could necessitate another punchy offensive performance from Staten, who scored a career-best 22 in the opener.

SCOUTING VIRGINIA TECH
Record: The Hokies (0-1) dropped their home opener 64-63 to South Carolina Upstate, a program that had been 0-7 all-time vs. the ACC.
Coach: James Johnson had the Hokies off to a 7-0 start in his first season before the one-point loss in Morgantown. They’ve gone 6-20 since. “I don’t know if it’s where things went off the track, but if you look at the schedule and the losses after that, that’s where things went off the track,” he said.
Style points: Johnson favors an up-and-down, run-and-shoot style. But the undermanned Hokies had trouble sinking shots against USC Upstate, going the final four minutes without a field.
Top players: Jarell Eddie scored 18 points against Upstate, albeit on dreadful 6-of-21 shooting. The 6-7 senior was a national top-70 recruit according to Rivals. Forward Cadarian Raines was 7-of-10 for 17 points. The Hokies will be without starting forward C.J. Blarksdale, who’s in the middle of a three-game suspension for violating team rules.
Line: West Virginia favored by 2.5
Prediction: WVU 63-60

Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Tech forward Jarell Eddie is one of the threats facing WVU today at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.
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Comments

  • leroy j gibbs

    80 bucks a year for img stream. I don't think so

  • Justin

    WVU fails to finish, same headline different sport.

  • Low Rider

    In game report…WVU blows 17 point first half lead. Losing by 6 with 15 minutes to go in the game. Another red letter day for Mountaineer Basketball.

  • GFS

    Kevin F. Is there a charge for using the number 712-432-6998?

  • Melissa H.

    I can't get that dial-in number to work. :( Most stations are blocked in the office. *sigh*

  • GFS

    Kevin F. Thanks, I'll try that number. Go Mounties

  • Jay

    The typo is in the main body of the article. Their record is correct in the scouting report.

  • GFS

    Thanks Evan S. I'll check there. I used to get the games there, but WAJR and WCHS in Charleston do not have the game rights any more. I will listen to there pre game comments and see if the game broadcast follows. Thanks again.
    Allan Taylor, What do you know about the broadcasts?

    • Allan Taylor

      Sorry — not much help, here. I know some stations on the IMG network are broadcasting hoops, but it's my understanding that not all the ones carrying football also are committed to hoops as well. (The game is being televised on ESPN and I just said hi to Bruce Pearl courtside.)

  • leroy j gibbs

    Let's go mountaineers!

  • GFS

    I live in KY now. Does anyone know if I can get a radio broadcast of the game anywhere? Im at work and cannot watch ESPN. Online ? APP? Or other? Thanks

    • Evan S.

      I would bet that WAJR would have the broadcast streaming online.

      Go to their website, www.wajr.com, and click either the "Clarksburg Listen Live" or "Morgantown Listen Live" buttons... that should launch your media player on your computer/device.

      Personally, I tend to use the Morgantown link.

      Hope that works!
      -E

      • chad

        Not anymore since IMG bought the Media Rights. You;ll need to subscribe to IMG to get the radio broadcasts online if you live outside the state

      • squad

        ive never been able to get em streaming. not on espn 3. if img has a mobile app , im not aware of it

    • Kevin F.

      GFS, call 712-432-6998, that number carries all WVU basketball and football games as well as pre/post game stuff........IT works great......I live in NC and use it all the time. You can even sync it up to your TV and listen to Caridi instead of some of the crap broadcasters they have today.....

    • joe

      if you go to wvillustrated and search mobile device there is a phone # that you call and you can listen to the radio broadcast over any phone mobile or landline

    • wvtd

      xm radio will have it.