Morgantown, West Virginia – When the #9 ranked Mountaineers, 7-2 and 1-1 in the Big 12 Conference, welcome the 1-4 Northeastern Huskies to the WVU Coliseum today, it should be a massive blowout.
It’s time for West Virginia basketball to stop playing today down to their level of opponent and really destroy a team, and today’s opponent is the absolutely perfect victim.
West Virginia out-played the #1 ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs for most of the game and should have beaten the #3 ranked Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence.
The basement-dweller of the Colonial Athletic Conference, Northeastern has stayed close in most of their games this season and likely feel that they can do the same against the Mountaineers. The Huskies have lost their last three games at Syracuse (62-56), Old Dominion (66-62) and Georgia (76-58), so playing inside the WVU Coliseum without fans won’t scare Northeastern at all.
Barely squeaking by an average team at home again won’t provide the Mountaineers the much-needed confidence going into the new year. West Virginia needs to play a full game with tremendous effort and few mistakes. In other words, the Mountaineers need to put their foot on Northeastern’s throat and end them early.