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West Virginia hosts Oakland University tonight

December 19, 2012
By Andrew Davis Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

The West Virginia men's basketball team hosts Oakland University tonight for a non-conference matchup at 9 p.m. on ESPN?U.

The Mountaineers (4-5) are currently on a two-game losing streak, coming off an 81-66 loss to No. 2 Michigan last Saturday.

West Virginia, who leads the all-time series 1-0, is led by sophomore guard Juwan Staten who leads the team in scoring at 10.8 points per game and 3.2 rpg.

Senior forward Deniz Kilicli (8.8), freshmen guard Terry Henderson (8.1), senior guard Jabarie Hinds (6.8) and sophomore forward Keaton Miles (4.7) round out the projected starting five for the Mountaineers.

Henderson had a career-high with 23 points in the loss to Michigan on?Saturday.

Sophomore guard Gary Browne (8.4 ppg), freshmen guard Eron Harris (5.6), senior forward Matt Humphrey (4.8) and sophomore forward Kevin Noreen?(3.1) are the first off the bench for the Mountaineers.

Browne is averaging 20.8 minutes off the bench for WVU.

Sophomore forward Volodymr Gerun, who saw his first action off the bench in the loss to Michigan, could see more action tonight.

Coach Huggins, who is currently 4-0 over Oakland in his coaching career, last played the Grizzlies back in 2010 winning 95-71 at the WVU?Coliseum.

Oakland who is 4-7 on the season is coming off an 70-68 victory over Valpariso on Monday.

The Grizzlies are led by junior guard Travis Bader, who is averaging 19.6 points per game and 3.0 rebounds.

Sophomore forward Bader in scoring is sophomore forward Corey Petros (14.4, 6.9 rpg), junior guard Duke Mondy (13.1), senior forward Drew Valentine (8.4) and junior guard Ryan Bass (7.5) round out the projected starting lineup for veteran coach Greg Kampe who is in his 29th year.

The Mountaineers have two more home games before they start conference play.

West Virginia returns to action Sunday hosting Radford at 4 p.m. and entertains Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 30.

The Mountaineers will begin Big 12 Conference play at home on Jan. 5 hosting Oklahoma at 4 p.m.



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