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West Virginia-Virginia Tech scouting report

| Saturday, March 8, 2003

West Virginia (13-14, Big East 4-11) vs. Virginia Tech (11-17, Big East 4-11)

  • Game info: 2 p.m., at WVU Coliseum (14,000), Morgantown, W.Va.

  • On the air: Television: FOXP; Radio: WVAQ-FM (101.9) and the Mountaineer Sports Network

  • Coaches: Virginia Tech -- Ricky Stokes (fourth year at Virginia Tech, 45-69). West Virginia -- John Beilein (first year at WVU, 13-14; 25th year, 460-272).

  • Probable starters: Virginia Tech -- Bryant Matthews, F, 6-7, Jr.; Dimari Thompson, F, 6-9, So.; Terry Taylor, C, 6-8, Sr.; Eric Branhan, G, 6-0, Sr.; Brian Chase, G, 5-10, 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 69-67 loss to Georgetown. Virginia Tech is coming off a 79-71 loss to Miami.

  • Key matchup: The Mountaineers need a big game from Pittsnogle and Sally because the Hokies are led by their frontline of Matthews (17.5 points per game) and Taylor (15.5).

  • Worth noting: West Virginia leads the all-time series 45-27. ... Schifino (Penn Hills) averages 20.4 points per game. He scored 21 points against Georgetown. ... Pittsnogle averages 11.7 and Sally 8.7.

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