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5 Things to Know Before WVU vs. No. 22 BYU



WVU Quinn Slazinski
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WVU Basketball will host another ranked opponent in No. 22 BYU on Saturday night. Let’s take a look at five things to know before the game.

Meet the Opponent: BYU

BYU enters Saturday’s game with an overall record of 15-5 and 3-4 in the Big 12. The Cougars have defeated UCF, Iowa State and Texas, with quality non-conference wins over San Diego State and NC State.

BYU is loved by the computers as the Cougars are No. 6 in the NET rankings.

As BYU goes through their first rodeo in the Big 12, head coach Mark Pope has a collection of quality players with Jaxson Robinson (13.9 ppg), Trevin Knell (11.9 ppg), Spencer Johnson (11.0 ppg) and others.

BYU has proven to have an elite offense while second in the country in assists and second in the country in average threes made per game.

Can Edwards Keep it Going?

WVU C Jesse Edwards returned to the starting lineup vs. Cincinnati on Wednesday, his second game back after fracturing his right wrist. Edwards finished the game with 25 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks on 11-of-17 shooting in 29 minutes. Edwards looked uncomfortable in his return vs. Oklahoma State and the first half of the Cincinnati game. The 6-foot-11 big man looked more like his old self in the second half vs. UC, shooting a perfect 9-of-9 from the field.

Edwards is averaging 14.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks through 12 games.

Q1 Opportunity For WVU

Saturday’s contest will be a quad-1 opportunity for West Virginia. The Mountaineers have won three straight Q1/2 home games.

Betting Lines

The spread for the WVU-BYU game is currently -6.5 BYU. The over/under is set at 151.5

How to Watch

West Virginia and BYU will tip off at 6 p.m. inside the WVU Coliseum on Saturday. The Mountaineers and Cougars will be on ESPN+.

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