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5 Things to Know Before WVU vs. Stony Brook



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West Virginia hosts Stony Brook on Thursday night in their final game before Big 12 Conference play. Let’s take a look at five things to know before the game.

Meet the Opponent: Stony Brook

Stony Brook enters Thursday’s game sitting at 4-8 with two D-I wins over Army and Sacred Heart. SBU and WVU share one common opponent with Florida. Stony Brook lost in Gainesville 81-45 while WVU beat the Gators in Portland by 29.

SBU is coached by Geno Ford, who is entering his fourth season. The Seawolves are led by seniors Tyler Stephenson-Moore and Frankie Policelli. Stephenson-Moore leads the team in scoring, averaging 14.8 points. Policelli averages 12.0 points and 9.8 rebounds on 40 percent shooting from three.

Matthews Probably Sitting Thursday Out

WVU F Emmitt Matthews did not participate in the Buffalo game last Sunday due to a knee injury he sustained against UAB on Dec. 10. Matthews is averaging 10.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists through 10 games. It appears that Matthews will be doubtful for Thursday’s game.

WVU head coach Bob Huggins hinted at this saying that they’ll get Matthews prepared for the Big 12 opener against Kansas State on New Year’s Eve.

Doesn’t Get Any Easier from Here

For the rest of the season, West Virginia will be playing in games where every single opponent is quality. In the Big 12, there are no “bad losses” again this season with all members within the top 60 in NET rankings. Kansas, Baylor, Texas and TCU have been the four schools consistently ranked throughout non-conference play. The rest of the conference has taken care of business.

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As of Thursday afternoon, the Big 12 has won 21-straight games dating back to Dec. 11.

Betting Lines

The spread for the West Virginia-Stony Brook game is -26.5 WVU. The over/under is set at 136.5.

Where to Watch

West Virginia and Stony Brook will tip off at 6 p.m. inside the WVU Coliseum on Thursday. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN+.

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