West Virginia Mountaineers Basketball Details
The West Virginia Mountaineers finished the 2016-2017 season with a conference record of 12-6 and an overall record of 28-9, ranking second in the Big 12. Led by former player Bob Huggins, who has been the head coach since 2007, the Mountaineers have averaged a respectable 23 wins per season under Huggins lead. The Old Gold and Blue have won 13 conference championships and have made 26 appearances in the NCAA Tournament in total. Their home court is the WVU Coliseum where they’ve been playing since 1970.
As for the upcoming season, Coach Huggins was successful in his pursuit of power forward Derek Culver, who has officially signed to join the Mountaineers. Culver’s addition to WVU for the 2017-2018 season is sure to make an immediate difference. Culver, at 6’9” and 205 lbs., was a four-star recruit and ranked #40 in the class of 2017. With Culver’s height and reach, he could be the replacement needed for “retired” senior Nathan Adrian. Another new addition to the Mountaineers is forward Wesley Harris. Harris averaged 18.3 points and 8.4 rebounds in his last season at Northeast Mississippi CC, and will definitely be a strong asset to the team. Beside the strong incoming recruits, another exciting event for the Mountaineers in the forthcoming season is hosting the Kentucky Wildcats at the WVU Coliseum for the first time since 1970, only the third time in the school’s history. Kentucky won in a close game in 1970, and has held a pretty strong lead over the Mountaineers in more recent match-ups- so the Mountaineers are keen to bring their best. Their upcoming January 27, 2018 game will no doubt be one you don’t want to miss.