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5 Things to Know Before WVU vs. UCF



Kelsie LeRose / WVSN

WVU Basketball will host UCF on Tuesday night as they look to end a four-game losing streak. Let’s take a look at five things to know before the game.

First Matchup: UCF’s Rebounding Too Much For WVU

On Jan. 23, West Virginia traveled down to Orlando, Fl., falling to UCF 72-59. The Knights out-rebounded WVU 43-31 as UCF big man Ibrahima Diallo finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds in 22 minutes of play.

West Virginia shot 36% from the field with sophomore forward Josiah Harris leading the team with 15 points on 5-threes. UCF dominated the first half, and as West Virginia held their own in the second, it was too much to overcome on the road.

West Virginia has won one game since playing the Knights, which was a home victory over Cincinnati.

Wilson Likely Out on Tuesday

WVU interim HC Josh Eilert spoke about Seth Wilson and his status heading into the UCF game slated for Tuesday night. Wilson missed the Baylor game over the weekend due to a death in his family.

“Seth is not going to be here tomorrow’s game. Looking at the service here today. He’s still nursing that groin injury as well so I’m not trying to rush him back by any means. They had the viewing [on Sunday], [assistant] Jordan McCabe and [equipment operations] Kyle Keesler headed up there to spend time with him. It’s a sad situation for him and his family,” Eilert said. “We’ll see him coming up this weekend but don’t anticipate having him here tomorrow.”

Wilson, a junior from Lorain, Ohio, is averaging 4.0 points on 38% shooting from three through 24 games this season.

Can WVU Fight Out of Last Place?

On Saturday, West Virginia dropped into last place after losing to Baylor as Oklahoma State won their game vs. BYU. WVU and OSU are now tied for last, with the Cowboys holding the tiebreaker.

After playing WVU on Tuesday, the Mountaineers will travel to play No. 6 Iowa State to wrap up this week.

Betting Lines

The spread for the WVU-UCF game is currently -2.5 UCF. The over/under is set at 142.5.

How to Watch

West Virginia and UCF will tip off at 7 p.m. inside the WVU Coliseum on Tuesday. The Mountaineers and Knights will be on ESPNU.

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