Morgantown, West Virginia – West Virginia is once again faced with the change of their season opening opponent as Jon Rothstein reports that Mountaineers will open the season against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits next week in the Crossover Classic.
Sources: Western Kentucky replacing Creighton in Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic, West Virginia now opening with South Dakota State.https://t.co/EJGGxsqApQ
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) November 20, 2020
West Virginia was initially scheduled to play Texas A&M in the opening round before they pulled out of the tournament and then were scheduled to play Northern Iowa before today’s change.
Now, the Mountaineers will face a substantially easier opponent in South Dakota State. Last year, South Dakota State finished 22-10 and 13-3 in the Summit League. However, this leaves even less time for Huggins and his staff to prepare for the team’s season opener.
Huggins recently expressed frustration with the tournament changing the Mountaineers’ opening opponent and for West Virginia’s path to the tournament championship being far more difficult than any other team in the draw.
Regardless of who the Mountaineers play in the Crossover Classic, they should be heavy favorites to win.