The Marist Men’s Basketball team will play its first game of the Old Spice Class on November 22, 2012 at 12 o’clock p.pm against West Virginia University. The game will be televised on ESPN 2 from the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. Here is a quick preview on both teams heading into this contest.
Nickname: The Mountaineers
Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
Conference: The Big 12 (1st year)
Head Coach: Bob Huggins
2011-2012 record: 19-14, 8-11 conference (Big East)
The Mountaineers are 0-1 coming into this game after suffering a 34 point loss to Gonzaga back on November 12th. WVU has a very young roster with only 5 upperclassmen ( 4 seniors and 1 junior) so experience could be an issue for this team in the 12-13 season. Through one game, 6-10 Junior center Aaric Murray leads the team in scoring with 14 points and blocks with 3. Matt Humphrey, a 6-6 senior guard had a good game on both sides of the ball as he recorded 3 steals to go along with 2 assists and 5 points. West Virginia may be young, but they are a very skilled and athletic team that will present a tough match-up for the Red Foxes.
Marist is coming into this game with a record of 1-2 on the season. The Red Foxes fell to Stony Brook University on opening night in the McCann Arena, then again on the road to Colgate University before picking up their first win at Columbia University last Saturday. Despite their sub .500 record, Marist is very optimistic about the season ahead of them and the team has gotten some strong contributions from veteran players Devin Price and Adam Kemp. Price is the team’s leading scorer right now at 14.3 ppg while Kemp is averaging a double-double at 11.0 ppg and 10.0 rpg. Last year’s leading scorer, Chavaughn Lewis is also averaging double figures in points with 10.7 ppg.
Coach Martin has tweaked the starting lineup a bit this season as sophomore point guard T.J. Curry has been starting instead of last year’s starter Isaiah Morton. Curry has been playing good ball for the foxes through 3 games, averaging 5.3 ppg while amassing 12 assists to only 3 turnovers.
The lack of bench production has been an issue for Marist so far this year as the team has just 18 points from non-starters through three games. If Marist is going to hang with the likes of West Virginia they will need a total team effort and contributions from every Red Fox that steps on the floor.
Marist College Probable Starting Line-up: West Virginia probable starting lineup:
#32 T.J. Curry 6-1 Guard #4 Jabarie Hinds 5-11 Guard
#0 Devin Price 6-1 Guard #3 Juwan Staten 6-1 Guard
#40 Chavaughn Lewis 6-5 Guard/Forward #21 Matt Humphrey 6-6 Guard
#20 Jay Bowie 6-5 Guard/Forward #13 Deniz Kilicli 6-9 Forward
#50 Adam Kemp 6-10 Center #24 Aaric Murray 6-10 Center