Bragging Rights

CHARLESTON – West Virginia and Marshall will battle for state bragging rights today at the Charleston Civic Center in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic.

Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m. A preliminary women’s game between the teams will begin at 3 p.m.

The action will be televised locally on WBOY.

The Mountaineers enter the contest with a 6-4 mark after falling to Gonzaga on Tuesday night, 80-76.

Sophomore guard Eron Harris leads the Mountaineers in scoring with 19.3 points per game, followed by junior guard Juwan Staten (16.4) and sophomore guard Terry Henderson (10.2).

Staten also leads the Big 12 Conference with 68 assists.

Freshman forward Devin Williams, meanwhile, is averaging 9.7 points and a team-best 7.9 rebounds this season.

Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins has been pleased the development of his young team through the first 10 games of the season. There are no seniors on the roster.

“We’re so close,” Huggins said.

“We’re so close to being a pretty good team, but at the same time, we’re so far away.

“A lot of years you watch and say, ‘Are we getting better?”’ Huggins continued. “Because these guys, I think to a large degree, had so far to go because they just knew nothing coming in, I can see them getting better every day.”

The Thundering Herd fell to Penn State, 90-77, in their last outing and carries a 4-5 mark into the game.

Freshman guard Kareem Canty had a career-high 28 points in the loss. He is averaging a team high 18.3 ppg.

Canty is expected to be joined in the starting lineup by sophomore guard Chris Thomas (11.4 ppg.), junior forward Shawn Smith (7.3), junior forward Ryan Taylor (11.4) and junior center Cheikh Sane (3.1).

Senior Elijah Pittman, who is averaging 21.4 points, has been suspended indefinitely from the team and is not expected to play this evening.

West Virginia leads the all-time series 30-11 and captured last year’s meeting, 69-59.