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West Virginia-Syracuse scouting report

| Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003

Syracuse (15-3, 6-2 Big East) at West Virginia (12-7, 3-4)

  • Game info: 4 p.m., at WVU Coliseum (14,000), Morgantown, W.Va.

  • On the air: WTRF-TV, WVAQ-FM (101.9) and the Mountaineer Sports Network

  • Coaches: Syracuse — Jim Boeheim (27th year at Syracuse, 638-224); West Virginia — John Beilein (first year at West Virginia, 12-7; 25th year overall, 459-265)

  • Probable starters: Syracuse — Hakim Warrick, F, 6-8, So.; Carmelo Anthony, F, 6-8, Fr.; Craig Forth, C, 7-0, So.; Gerry McNamara, G, 6-2, Fr.; Kueth Duany, G, 6-6, Sr; West Virginia — Tyrone Sally, F, 6-7, So.; Drew Schifino, F, 6-3, So.; Kevin Pittsnogle, C, 6-10, Fr.; Johannes Herber, G, 6-6, Fr.; Jarmon Durisseau-Collins, G, 5-10, Fr

  • The skinny: The Mountaineers are coming off a 91-83 victory at Villanova. Syracuse is coming off victories against Pitt and Georgetown. Drew Schifino (Penn Hills) scored 31 points against Villanova.

  • Key matchup: The battle between Schifino and Syracuse freshman forward Carmelo Anthony. Both are averaging more than 20 points per game.

  • Worth noting: Syracuse leads the all-time series 23-15. … Syracuse won both meetings last season. … WVU's last victory against the Orangemen was during the 2000-2001 season.

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