Morgantown, WV – The West Virginia Mountaineers (12-8) meet the Auburn Tigers (16-4) as a part of the Huge 12/SEC Problem Saturday with tipoff set for midday and the motion airing on ESPN.
Auburn had its five-game successful streak snapped following a 79-63 residence loss to a sizzling Texas A&M squad on Wednesday. It was solely the second loss the Tigers have suffered within the final 9 video games.
“They obtained nice athleticism, and so they obtained an amazing submit participant – he gave us matches when he was freshman,” mentioned West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins.
Johni Broome posted 10 factors, 9 rebounds and three blocks as a freshman for Morehead State within the first spherical of the 2021 NCAA Match however the Mountaineers moved on with a 84-67 win.
Broome leads a Tigers squad considered one of many the most effective shot blocking groups within the nation, rating third within the NCAA with 6.1 blocks per recreation. Broome is swatting 2.7 blocks per recreation, which ranks eighth within the county. Broome is second on the staff in scoring with 13.3 factors per recreation and his team-leading 8.5 rebounds per recreation locations him second within the SEC behind former Mountaineer Oscar Tshiebwe’s 13.9 rpg.
Wendell Inexperienced Jr. leads the staff in scoring, averaging 13.9 factors per recreation whereas dishing a team-best 4.3 assists per recreation. Inexperienced averaged 17.5 factors within the final six video games and 6 assists.
Jaylin Williams is third on the staff in scoring at 10.7 ppg and nabbing 5.7 rebounds per recreation. In 5 video games during which Williams didn’t hit double figures since December, Auburn misplaced 4 of them.
West Virginia is coming off its first Huge 12 Convention street win in almost two years (Feb. 23, 2021 @TCU) with a 76-61 win over Texas Tech Wednesday evening with a pair of sophomores coming off the bench and producing career-highs.
Their alternatives arose early in spite of everything 5 starters have been pulled from the sport after committing 5 turnovers within the opening minutes of the sport.
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Guard Seth Wilson went for a a career-high 15 factors with a career-mark 5-11 capturing from the three-point line.
“Seth, with out a query, has earned taking part in time, however that’s not simply the final recreation, he’s performed nicely in prior video games,” mentioned Huggins.
Ahead James Okonkwo grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds within the win over Texas Tech whereas taking part in a career-high 22 minutes.
“I’ve been making an attempt to get James to step up just a little bit extra,” mentioned Huggins. “James is such a superb man that he kinda steps again and lets different folks take some minutes that he most likely deserves. He’s our most athletic massive. He’s most likely our most proficient when it comes simply to general athletic expertise.”
5 Mountaineers have led West Virginia in scoring this season, with senior guard Joe Toussaint being the newest, placing up a career-high 22 factors, behind 12-14 capturing from the free throw line, on Wednesday evening.
Toussaint’s minutes could improve towards Auburn with start line guard Kedrian Johnson is day-to-day with an ankle harm.
The West Virginia, Auburn collection is cut up 2-2. The Mountaineers received the final assembly 88-59 throughout Huggins first season at WVU in the course of the 2007-08 marketing campaign.
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