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November 18, 2010

WVU men meet Davidson today

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — West Virginia University’s men’s basketball team begins its first road swing of the season this morning.

The 1-0 Mountaineers meet Davidson at 11:30 a.m. in the opening game of the Honda Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The contest will be televised by ESPNU.

“I’ve been down here twice before (as the head coach at Cincinnati) and really enjoyed it. We had a great time,” WVU coach Bob Huggins said. “So when they called about coming back down here, I jumped right on it.”

Rounding out the eight-team field for this year’s tournament are North Carolina, Hofstra, Minnesota, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, and Western Kentucky. The teams have a combined record of 10-1 this season, 22-1 including exhibition games.

“I’ve been in Puerto Rico before, and I’ve loved my time here,” North Carolina head coach Roy Williams said. “This is a big-time tournament with a big-time field, and we’re happy to be part of it.”

There will be four first-round games today and four second-round games on Friday, followed by an off day Saturday before the final round is held on Sunday. The championship game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. All 12 tournament games will be televised by ESPN’s family of networks.

Bob McKillop coaches Davidson, and they return three starters from a team that was 16-16 last season and missed post-season play. They have a long history against WVU with the Mountaineers holding an 18-16 advantage.

The teams last meet in December of 2008 in New York’s Madison Square Garden with the Wildcats pulling out a 68-65 victory. Davidson was led by sharpshooting guard Stephen Curry, who had 27 points and 10 assists during their first-ever meeting at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Davidson lost its season-opener to Penn, 69-64. Senior point guard Brendan McKillop had 12 points, while forward Clint Mann had a team-high seven rebounds.

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