No. 5-seed West Virginia (24-10) and No. 12-seed Murray State (26-5) are set for an NCAA-Tournament tilt on Friday.
The Mountaineers made it to the Big 12 Tournament championship game on Saturday, but lost to perennial power Kansas. Murray State, on the other hand, has won 13-consecutive games, including a 68-51 win over Belmont to win the Ohio Valley Conference championship.
The Mountaineers are making their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance in 14 seasons. The at-large bid marks coach Bob Huggins’ ninth NCAA Tournament trip as West Virginia’s head coach.
West Virginia vs. Murray State: Game time, details
No. 5-seed West Virginia will faceNo. 12-seed Murray State at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, March 16, in San Diego, Calif.
What TV channel is West Virginia vs. Murray State on?
The Mountaineers will face the Racers on TNT. Carter Blackburn and Debbie Antonelli will call the action with the assistance of reporter John Schriffen.
How can I watch West Virginia vs. Murray State online?
You can watch the Mountaineers take on the Racers using NCAA March Madness Live.
How can I listen to West Virginia vs. Murray State on the radio?
Fans in Morgantown, W. Va., can listen to the game on 100.9 WZST-FM and 94.3 WKQR-FM. For a full list of Mountaineers basketball radio affiliates, go here.
West Virginia vs. Murray State preview, keys to the game
West Virginia went through the ringer this season in the Big 12 Conference. Murray State is no pushover and is in the tournament for a reason, but the Mountaineers must take advantage of its own physicality to advance.
Murray State’s toughest tests of the season came in losses to Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 13, 2017, and Auburn on Dec. 19, 2017. Outside of those games, the Racers were rarely challenged.
Murray State has a pair of dynamic seniors in guard Jonathan Stark and forward Terrell Miller Jr. Stark, a 6-foot guard from Munford, Tenn., is scoring 21.8 points per game and dishing out 3.9 assists. Miller is the team’s leading rebounder with 8.3 boards per game, while also scoring 14.7 points per game.
The Mountaineers need its own super seniors — Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles — to get their team back on track after losing 81-70 in the Big 12 Tournament title game.
The winner of West Virginia-Murray State will face the winner of No. 4-seed Wichita State and No. 13-seed Marshall in the Round of 32 on Sunday.