Mountaineers Travel to "LA Classic"

You thought WVU was in Charleston this week for the annual battle with Marshall?

The state capital is the locale, but a few Mountaineers have taken to calling the game "The LA Classic" in honor of Lionel Armstead's stellar performances in the battle with Marshall. Armstead has scored 22, 25 and 20 points in his three games against the Herd.

"He calls it the LA Classic," said forward Josh Yeager of Armstead's favorite contest. "He usually has a good game, and I'm looking forward to watching another one."

In a game that's filled with state bragging rights and lots of woofing between fans, it might seem to some that West Virginia is talking a bit of trash, but that's not the case. The players who have been through this war before know that it will be a tough battle. However, they also know that Armstead has been the difference in a couple of the wins they've enjoyed. And Armstead himself is cautious of bringing any bad karma on his play.

"I definitely don't want to put a jinx on it," Armstead says of his Charleston success. "I'm going to come out and play really hard. We don't want to lose this game. We've won the last three since I've been here and we don't want to let the last one slip away."

WVU has won the last five games in a row, and nine out of the last ten, over the Herd.

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Forward Josh Yeager knows that he has to help out on the boards in the absence of Chris Garnett, who will not start and may not play at all against the Herd.

"I'm trying to focus on helping rebounding. Garnett has been helping us on the boards the past couple games, and is playing as big as he is. It's going to hurt if he's not in the game."

Head coach Gale Catlett has not yet decided if Garnett will play at all, and that decision appears to be one that will be made close to gametime.

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Freshman guard Jonathan Hargett travelled with the team to Chareston, but not in anticipation of any appearance in the game. It's simply easier for the training staff to manage his treatment with him in tow. It also can't hurt that Hargett will be able to watch the entire game next to the coaches.

Hargett took part in some light stretching and jogging in the shootaround Tuesday evening in Charleston.

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