Mountaineers Open Play Friday In San Diego
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Go west, young man.
West Virginia is a five-seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers (24-10) will take on 13-seed Murray State (26-5) on Friday in San Diego. With a win, WVU would face the winner of four-seed Wichita State and 13-seed Marshall – which reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 31 years – on Sunday.
The East Region top seed is Villanova. The Wildcats face LIU-Brooklyn in Pittsburgh. Virginia Tech and Alabama are the 8-9 match-up, and the Mountaineers would face one of those four teams if it advances to the Sweet 16. That game would be played in Boston.
WVU lost to Kansas in the Big 12 Championship title game on Saturday. Murray State gained the automatic bid out of the Ohio Valley Conference by winning the tournament title. The Racers beat Belmont 68-51 in the final and have won 13 in a row. The Mountaineers are 10-2 all-time versus OVC teams but have never played Murray State.
It is West Virginia’s 29th NCAA Tournament appearance. The Mountaineers have now reached the tournament for four consecutive seasons and for the ninth time in Bob Huggins’ 11 years. The Mountaineers are 29-28 all-time in the tourney, and have won at least two games to advance to the Sweet 16 four different times under Huggins.