Previewing West Virginia

West Virginia is off to a 5-1 start, despite losing several key starters from last year's team. Pack Pride takes a closer look at tonight's opponent -- tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. and the game will be televised on FSN Pittsburgh.

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  • STATS
    Projected Starters: 
    No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Statistics 
    21 Frank Young F 6-5 210 Sr. 10.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg 
    11 Joe Alexander F 6-8 210 So. 11.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg 
    33 Rob Summers C 7-0 250 Sr. 4.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg 
    22 Alex Ruoff G 6-6 210 So. 8.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg 
    14 Darris Nichols G 6-2 190 Jr. 12.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg
    

    Off The Bench No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. 1 Da'Sean Butler F 6-7 205 Fr. 8.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg 43 Jamie Smalligan C 7-0 250 Jr. 5.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg 35 Wellington Smith F 6-7 200 Fr. 3.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg 15 Devan Bawinkel G 6-5 195 Fr. 2.8 ppg, 0.5 rpg 3 Joe Mazzulla G 6-2 190 Fr. 2.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg 32 Ted Talkington G 6-2 190 r-So. 0.7 ppg, 0.7 rpg 2 Cam Thoroughman G 6-7 210 Fr. 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg

    STAR WATCH
    Darris Nichols - Darris Nichols is the only Mountaineer player to lead WVU in scoring in more than one game. He had a game-high 14 points in the season opener against Mount St. Mary's, a career-high 18 versus Western Michigan and team-high 15 points against Arkansas.

    Nichols is the team's top returning player and a very solid point guard. The junior has a ton of playing experience.

    KEY NOTES
    SERIES RECORD

  • WVU and NC State are meeting for the 15th time in series play that began in 1946-47. Each team has won seven times.
  • The two teams last met in Raleigh in 2004-05 with the Mountaineers defeating the No. 17 Wolfpack, 82-69.
  • The two schools have met in Charleston once before, an 86-78 WVU win in 1960-61.
  • WVU is 4-0 against NC State in games played in West Virginia. NC State's last visit to West Virginia to play the Mountaineers resulted in an 87-75 WVU win at the WVU Coliseum in 1971-72.
  • West Virginia is 123-96 against current members of the ACC: Boston College (8-8), Clemson (2-1), Duke (6-17), Florida State (3-1), Georgia Tech (1-2), Maryland (23-14), Miami (7-6), North Carolina (5-0), NC State (7-7), Virginia (8-8), Virginia Tech (46-29) and Wake Forest (7-3).
  • John Beilein is 1-0 all-time against NC State.

    WINNING NON-CONFERENCE MARK

  • West Virginia has posted a winning non-conference regular season record for 14 consecutive seasons.
  • West Virginia is 5-1 in non-conference action this season.
  • The last time WVU didn't post a winning non-league record was 1990-91, when WVU went 4-4 outside of conference play. West Virginia went 9-4 in non-conference games last season.
  • WVU has finished with one loss during non-conference play in four different seasons. They were: 1981-82 when West Virginia went 11-1 out of the Atlantic 10, 1957-58 when WVU lost only to Duke in going 11-1, 1996-97 when theMountaineers were 7-1, losing the season opener at Minnesota and in 2004-05 when WVU went 10-1 outside the BIG EAST.
  • WVU has had one perfect non-conference regular season, 10-0 in 1997-98.

    MAY I BUY PROGRAM PLEASE?

  • This year's West Virginia team features eight freshmen on the roster with just one returning starter from last year, senior Frank Young.
  • WVU had just two players with previous starting experience entering this season, Frank Young and Darris Nichols.
  • Young leads the Mountaineers with 41 starts, followed by Nichols with eight starts. Joe Alexander, Alex Ruoff and Rob Summers have each started six games for the Mountaineers. Summers made 41 starts during his two seasons at Penn State.

    BOMBS AWAY

  • WVU finished the 2005-06 season ranking second nationally in 3-pointers with an average of 10.2 per game.
  • Last season, West Virginia set a school record with 337 3-point field goals, breaking the previous year's mark of 319.
  • Also last season, the Mountaineers surpassed their season three-point field goal attempts mark. WVU attempted 967 3's, breaking the 2004-05 mark of 885.
  • West Virginia established a new school and BIG EAST record with 20 three-point field goals against Marquette on Jan. 14, 2006. The Mountaineers finished the game 20 of 38 from long distance.

    PRESEASON BITS

  • West Virginia was predicted to finish 12th in the BIG EAST preseason coaches' poll. The Mountaineers were predicted ahead of Cincinnati, Rutgers, Seton Hall and USF.
  • In each of John Beilein's four seasons, the Mountaineers have finished higher than their preseason prediction. Last season the Mountaineers were predicted fifth, but finished third in earning their first-ever bye in the conference tournament.

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