In the Big 12-SEC Challenge on Saturday, No. 15 Auburn will play host to West Virginia. The Mountaineers recently defeated Texas A&M 76-61, while the Tigers suffered just their fourth loss of the year, a 79-63 defeat.
Start time: Noon
ESPN on television
Where: WVU Coliseum; this season, WVU is 8-3 at home while Auburn is 4-2 away from home.
History: The five meetings between these two institutions have resulted in a 2-2 series draw.
In the betting, WVU is presently a 3.5-point favorite with 142.5 total points.
Bob Huggins, the head coach of West Virginia, stated after their victory over Texas Tech that his squad is injured. Point guard Kedrian Johnson, who played the fewest minutes of the season against the Red Raiders, is the biggest area of worry for the Mountaineers.
Huggins responded, “I know Keddy’s quite badly injured. We would suffer a great loss if Keddy couldn’t travel.
Huggins also provided updates on the status of Emmitt Matthews and James Oknokwo’s injuries, noting that Matthews missed practice on Thursday due to an ankle issue but providing no further information.
Huggins described Okonkwo as “James is banged up a little, but I think James will be alright.”
The Tigers may be greatly impacted by Johnson and Matthews’ injuries. Both are starters for the Mountaineers, and Johnson has exceeded his previous career highs in two of his last three games. The most seasoned player on West Virginia’s team, Matthews has fallen into a rut compared to how he was playing during non-conference play.