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Capital Classic Preview
by George Pavlik,posted Dec 5 2012 2:30AM
This game comes very early this season and truth be told. I LIKE IT. Both teams are not in conference play. And have to drop everything and have a party for the West Virginia poltics.
Anyway. For the first time since I can remember Marshall is coming in with a better record and they have alot to play for here. It honestly is a "statement" game for them. I have heard alot of talk from the Marshall fans,media, and message boards that this maybe one of the best teams ever for Marshall. Now if they want to say that thats fine. But tonight is a time to prove it. As I have followed West Virginia basketball since I was 5 I have no hesitation in saying this team is one of the um well how do I say not very good teams I have seen put out in Morgantown.
But this is a very funny game that is played down there. In the last five meetings West Virginia is 4-1. Heres breakdown 2008 saw WVU win 66-64 . 2009 saw WVU win 87-76. 2010 saw WVU win 68-60. 2011 saw Marshall win 75-71. And 2012 saw WVU win 78-62. Three close games and two blowouts. But the two games that really stand out to me was 2005 and 2006. Total spade Marshall in those seasons COMBINED won a total of 18 games. So needless to say they were not very good. West Virginia those two seasons went to the Elite 8 in 2005 and to the Sweet 16 in 2006. West Virginia should have been able to win those games BLINDFOLDED. Instead? in 2005 lost 59-55. In 2006 lost 58-52. And pretty much saved a man his job for two season in Ron Jirsa.So anything can and does happen in this game.
What I honesly think coming into this game tonight is. For West Virginia a win means they get back to .500 and there back on track. For Marshall it is that statement game that I earlier touched on. It is a "payoff" for those fans and what not that talked them up all preseason. A loss there is cake on there face and they start to doubt themselves. Either way I look for a very good game and I lokk for Bob Huggins to take his troops to Charleston and right the ship and win this evening. Do not forget you can listen to all the action here on Sports Radio 1340 pregame set for 6:30pm with the game tipping off at 7:30pm.