Previewing West Virginia

West Virginia has a chance to reach Madison Square Garden with a win over NC State. Pack Pride takes a closer look at tonight's opponent -- tip-off is at 9:00 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

    Projected Starters: 
    No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Statistics 
    21 Frank Young F 6-5 210 Sr. 14.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg 
    11 Joe Alexander F 6-8 210 So. 11.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg 
    33 Rob Summers C 7-0 250 Sr. 4.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg 
    22 Alex Ruoff G 6-6 210 So. 10.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg 
    14 Darris Nichols G 6-2 190 Jr. 10.7 ppg, 4.5 apg 

    Off The Bench No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. 1 Da'Sean Butler F 6-7 205 Fr. 9.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg 43 Jamie Smalligan C 7-0 250 Jr. 5.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg 3 Joe Mazzulla G 6-2 190 Fr. 3.2 ppg, 0.8 rpg 35 Wellington Smith F 6-7 200 Fr. 2.4 ppg, 0.9 rpg 15 Devan Bawinkel G 6-5 195 Fr. 1.9 ppg, 0.4 rpg 32 Ted Talkington G 6-2 190 r-So. 0.7 ppg, 0.3 rpg

    Frank Young - If Frank Young is disappointed to be ending his career in the NIT, he sure isn't playing like it. In two games thus far in the tournament, Young has scored a team-best 47 points on 17 of 24 shooting from the floor including 8 of 11 from 3-point range.

    • Tonight's game will be the 16th meeting between West Virginia (24-9) and NC State (20-15).
    • This game will be televised nationally by ESPN (Mark Jones and Bob Valvano).
    • This is the third time West Virginia and NC State will meet in the NIT. WVU won at NC State, 76-73, in 1997 while the Wolfpack defeated WVU, 64-52 in New York in 1947. WVU has faced NC State more than any other NIT foe.
    • The Mountaineers are seeded No. 1 in the East region. If West Virginia wins tonight, it will play the winner of Mississippi State and Florida State next Tuesday in the NIT Final Four at Madison Square Garden.
    • WVU last appeared in the NIT Final Four during the 1980-81 season. WVU won the NIT in 1942.
    • West Virginia is making its 15th appearance in the NIT. The Mountaineers hold a record of 18-15 in NIT play.
    • The Mountaineers are making their fourth straight postseason appearance: 2007 NIT, 2006 NCAA (Sweet 16), 2005 NCAA (Elite Eight) and 2004 NIT.
    • John Beilein reached his 100th victory as WVU's head coach last Tuesday. Only four previous WVU coaches have reached 100 victories: Gale Catlett (439-276), Francis Stadsvold (149-133), Fred Schaus (146-37) and George King (102-43).
    • West Virginia is 31-2 against non-conference opponents at the WVU Coliseum under John Beilein.
    • West Virginia is 16-1 (.941) at the WVU Coliseum this season and 29-3 (.906) over the last two seasons.
    • The Mountaineers are 59-15 (.797) under John Beilein at home.
    • West Virginia's top seven scorers are shooting 40 percent or higher from the field. Four WVU players are shooting 48 percent or better from the floor.
    • The Mountaineers have used the same starting lineup in every game this season.
    • West Virginia has not trailed in either NIT game this season.
    • Fifty-one percent of WVU's shot attempts this season have been from 3-point range (922-of-1837).
    • In BIG EAST games this season, WVU held double digit leads against: St. John's (28 points), Villanova (23 points), Cincinnati (23 points), UConn (19 points), Seton Hall (18 points), Cincinnati (17 points), Seton Hall (15 points), USF (15 points) and DePaul (13 points). On Feb. 10 in Morgantown, WVU's biggest lead against No. 2 UCLA was 19 points. West Virginia's biggest lead against Providence in the BIG EAST championship opening round was 15 points.
    • Frank Young (101) needs one 3-pointer to break Chris Leonard's (1992) school record for season 3-point field goals.
    • Frank Young set a career high with 31 points against Massachusetts last Thursday.
    • Five different Mountaineer players have had at least one 20-point game this season: Frank Young (six times), Alex Ruoff (three times), Darris Nichols (once), Joe Alexander (once) and Da'Sean Butler (once).
    • WVU has set school records this season in assists (580) and 3-point field goals made (340).
    • The Mountaineers have won their 24 games by a combined 455 points, a margin of 18.9 points per game.
    • West Virginia has posted three straight 20-win seasons for the first time since 1985-87. It is also the first during John Beilein's career that he has posted three straight 20-win seasons.
    • West Virginia is 3-0 (1.000) in games played on March 20.
    • WVU's win over No. 2 UCLA marked the highest ranked team the Mountaineers have defeated since No. 1 UNLV at the WVU Coliseum in 1983. West Virginia won at No. 3 Villanova last season.
    • West Virginia is 47-14 (.770) under John Beilein when hitting 10 or more 3-point field goals in a game.
    • Under John Beilein, the Mountaineers are 62-12 (.839) when scoring 70 or more points in a game.
    • WVU has won 43 of its last 46 games when leading by 10 or more points. WVU is 23-1 this season when leading by 10 or more points.
    • Under Beilein, West Virginia is 95-6 (.941) when leading going into the final minute.
    • West Virginia is 37-6 (.860) under Beilein when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
    • The Mountaineers are 81-16 (.835) under Beilein when leading at halftime.

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