A Big 12 doubleheader is on tap for Mountaineers fans Saturday, as the men open conference play against Oklahoma at 4 p.m. and the women take on Kansas at 7:30.
Both games will be played at the Coliseum in front of — what WVU officials hope will be — a gold-clad crowd.
WVU athletics director Oliver Luck posted an open letter to fans this week announcing the “Gold Rush” game. Assistant AD of marketing Matt Wells said the school is asking everyone to don gold.
“Fans should break out that gold T-shirt or sweatshirt. It’s climate-controlled, so we don’t have to worry about that,” Wells said.
The women already opened their Big 12 season with a 71-68 loss at Oklahoma.
The men, meanwhile, have played Oklahoma this year, though it did not count as a league game. The Sooners topped the Mountaineers fell 77-70 in the Old Spice Classic on Nov. 25. WVU is hoping the sold-out Coliseum will help the Mountaineers repay the Sooners on Saturday.
Fans who attend the men’s game will be permitted to stay to watch the women take on Kansas.
“Following the conclusion of the men’s game, I invite you to join me in cheering on Coach Mike Carey and his women’s squad as they battle Kansas in their first Big 12 home game,” Luck said in his letter.
Additionally, WVU has extended the hours for the shuttle service from the Green Lot on Van Voorhis Road. The service cost about $4 roundtrip. It begins 90 minutes before tip-off of the men’s game and ends an hour after the conclusion of the women’s game.