You are looking live at the Barclays Center, home of today’s Winter Festival and tonight’s WVU v. Michigan festivities in festive Brooklyn, N.Y.
This, of course, is the reunion of John Beilein and the Mountaineers and it’s the first time WVU and Michigan have played basketball, which, for some reason, surprised me. It’s also the last, shall we say, oddity in WVU’s season-opening schedule. Seven of these first nine games were away from home and the spacing between the games has been irregular.
Early note tonight is actually from last night, but there will be no Aaric Murray. Not sure of the exact reason, but I’ll try to determine if its personal of disciplinary. WVU got “drilled,” according to Bob Huggins, on the boards against a smallish Duquesne team. Michigan is definitely not smallish.
WVU has looked and played better with a small squad, so maybe that’s the M.O. tonight. Maybe Aaron Brown or Matt Humphrey or Keaton Miles starts. Or maybe Huggins goes big and starts Kevin Noreen, though if he does that, he’d need another big body in the rotation. Perhaps the is Volodymyr Gerun.
I’ll let you know as soon as I know.
Let me show you to your seat …