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WVU to entertain Hokies today

December 8, 2012
By Joey Kittle Sports Editor , The Inter-Mountain

MORGANTOWN - West Virginia and Virginia Tech will renew their rivalry today at the Coliseum.

Game time is slated for 4 p.m. and the action will be televised live on ESPN2.

The former Big East and Southern Conference foes have not met since the 2003-04 season.

"I'm all for it (continuing to play Virginia Tech)," said Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins. "I can't speak for them but I'd like to see us continue playing them. I don't understand why we don't play Pitt and Virginia Tech, schools we have great tradition with. You play (a school) 50 or so consecutive years, then you stop playing them.

"I know the game is sold out (for today)."

The Hokies enter the game 7-0 after knocking off No. 15 Oklahoma State 81-71 last Saturday at home.

Erick Green is firing in 24.9 points per game to lead Virginia Tech in scoring. The 6-3 senior guard is coming off 28-point performance against the Cowboys.

Junior forward Jarell Eddie (17.1) and sophomore guard Robert Brown (13.4) also are double-figure scorers for first-year head coach James Johnson.

Along with the win over Oklahoma State, the Hokies also own significant victories over Rhode Island (69-50) and Iowa (95-79).

This will only be the second road game for Virginia Tech.

"I think it comes down to us guarding them," Huggins said. "We try to take (other teams) out of what they want to do (on offense). If we don't guard them, we might be in trouble."

West Virginia (3-3) is coming off a 69-59 win over in-state rival Marshall Wednesday at the Charleston Civic Center as senior forward Deniz Kilicli scored 21 points.

Kilicli leads the team in scoring with 11.3 points per game.

Sophomore guard Juwan Staten is second with 11.0 ppg. Junior center Aaric Murray is averaging 9.7 points and a team-best 7.5 rebounds.

Freshman Volodymr Gerun also will be available for the Mountaineers today. The 6-10 forward was forced to miss the first six regular-season games because the NCAA determined he played three games on a professional team in the Ukraine during the 2011 season.

Gerun had 12 points in an exhibition game against Glenville State.

"He can make shots and he's not afraid to take them," Huggins said. "He gives us a player that can stretch the defense."

After today's game, the Mountaineers will visit Duquesne on Tuesday, followed by a matchup against Michigan next Saturday in Brooklyn, N.Y.



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