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Mountaineers finally back at home

Last year’s national runner-up Red Raiders visit for Big 12 tilt

MORGANTOWN — No. 17 West Virginia will play at home for the first time in nearly a month when last season’s NCAA national runner-up and 22nd-ranked Texas Tech visits the Coliseum for an early key Big 12 Conference matchup.

Game time is set for 6 p.m. and the action will now be televised on ESPN after originally being tabbed for ESPN2.

The Mountaineers are 12-2 overall and 1-1 in Big 12 play after getting past Oklahoma State this past Monday.

The inside tandem of Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver have led WVU. Tshiebwe, a freshman, is averaging 12.2 points and 9.3 rebounds, while Culver is putting up 10.4 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

Defensively, the Mountaineers have held opposing teams to 35.7 % shooting from the field this year, the lowest percentage among all Division I teams.

Tshiebwe and Culver will being joined in the projected starting lineup by guards Jordan McCabe and Jermaine Haley, along with sophomore forward Emmitt Matthews Jr., who looks to break out of a recent scoring slump.

He was held to just two points in a setback at Kansas last Saturday and didn’t score in Monday’s win over Oklahoma State.

The Red Raiders (10-4, 1-1) counter with Jahmi’us Ramsey and Chris Clarke.

Ramsey is hitting for 13.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Clarke averages 6.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 5.9 assists.

Including today’s game, WVU will play six of its next eight games at home.

The Mountaineers will host TCU on Tuesday for their next contest.

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