In just the next few hours TJ’s Sports Garden will be packed with dozens of WVU fans. Imagine wall to wall Blue and Gold here at TJ’s Sports Garden as the Mountaineers prepare to take down the heavily favored Wildcats.
Kentucky is a 13.5 point favorite, but those are the number everyone’s talking about Thursday.
36-1, the numbers that caught everyone’s attention Wednesday. Daxter Miles Jr. saluted the Kentucky Wildcats on getting to 36-0, but said tonight they’ll be 36-1 after Thursday night’s matchup.
Miles may not be far off especially with coach Bob Huggins in his huddle. Huggins and the Mountaineers did lose their last meeting to John Calipari’s Wildcats in the 2011 Tournament 71-63 but Huggins is 8-2 overall against Calipari, including in the 2010 Elite Eight.
That 73-66 victory in Syracuse over another highly ranked Kentucky squad featured future NBA stars like John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins much like this year’s Wildcats.
Another reason the Mountaineers could score a huge upset tonight has to do with their defense. Press Virginia will be in full effect and the Wildcats turn the ball over 26 percent of the time when they are pressed.
That would mean more scoring opportunities for the Mountaineers, which would put more numbers the only place that matters, the scoreboard.
The Mountaineers tipoff Thursday night against the Wildcats around 9:45 p.m. after the Notre Dame vs. Wichita State game wraps up on WTRF CBS.