WVU Opens Against Texas A&M in Armed Forces Classic
A preview of WVU’s matchup against Texas A&M.
Basketball season is upon us and No. 11 West Virginia tips off the season at Ramstein Air Base in Ramstein-Meisenbach, Germany against the 25th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies.
The Mountaineers lost several key contributors to last season’s team, including Nathan Adrian, Elijah Macon, Tarik Phillip, Teyvon Myers and Brandon Watkins. Those affects of those losses showed in WVU’s closed scrimmage against Purdue last weekend, where they struggled to execute the full court press.
Despite losing a lot of talent, the Mountaineers return seniors Jevon Carter (13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds) and Daxter Miles Jr. (8.5 points). Both players bring a leadership role to a youthful team and Carter was the face of WVU’s pressure defense.
Lamont West is expected to start for the Mountaineers and his ability to connect from beyond the arc is a plus. Wesley Harris and Sagaba Konate are the other two projected starters.
WVU will be without junior Esa Ahmad but the TAMU will be without the services of Robert Williams. Both players are suspended.
The Aggies return guard Admon Glider (13.7 points) and center Tyler Davis (14.1 points, 7.0 rebounds).
In last year’s showdown, both Gilder (24 points and Davis (19 points and 18 rebounds) caused problems for the Mountaineers.
Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. on ESPN.
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