West Virginia will scrimmage with Dayton on Oct. 22 at Bethany College, first reported by Jeff Goodman of Stadium. The Mountaineers and Flyers scrimmaged against each other last October in Columbus.
West Virginia is coming off a 16-17 season, finishing in ninth place in the Big 12 Conference. Bob Huggins and his coaching staff retooled the roster over the offseason, bringing in key pieces with Erik Stevenson (South Carolina), Emmitt Matthews Jr. (Washington), Tre Mitchell (Texas) and Joe Toussaint (Iowa). So far into official practices, the team has shown toughness and a work ethic.
“The difference is how we bound off the court as well as on the court. Compared to last year it’s a big change of people being in the gym, working out, attitudes on the court,” WVU guard Kedrian Johnson said. “Our chemistry is a lot better early on.”
Dayton under head coach Anthony Grant is poised to be a top-25 team this season. The Flyers finished 24-11, reaching the NIT Tournament in March. Dayton’s signature win was over Kansas early in the season. Grant brings back the majority of his young core which includes eight underclassmen that produced.
West Virginia will have their Gold-Blue Debut on Oct. 14 and a charity exhibition game against Bowling Green on Friday, Oct. 28.