WVU plays host to Youngstown St.

Youngstown State (7-3) vs. West Virginia (10-1)

WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia; Wednesday, 6 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Youngstown State and West Virginia both look to put winning streaks together . Each program is coming off of a victory on Saturday. West Virginia earned a 65-59 win in Birmingham over UAB, while Youngstown State won easily 83-54 at home against Westminster (PA).

TEAM LEADERS: The explosive Taz Sherman has put up 21.4 points to lead the way for the Mountaineers. Sean McNeil has paired with Sherman and is accounting for 11.9 points per game. The Penguins are led by Michael Akuchie, who is averaging 13.5 points and 7.1 rebounds.ACCURATE AKUCHIE: Akuchie has connected on 25 percent of the 24 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also made 84.1 percent of his foul shots this season.

PERFECT WHEN: Youngstown State is a perfect 7-0 when it scores at least 70 points. The Penguins are 0-3 when scoring any fewer than 70.

TWO STREAKS: Youngstown State has won its last three road games, scoring 83 points and allowing 68.3 points during those contests. West Virginia is on a seven-game home winning streak, scoring an average of 67.7 points while giving up 56.9.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: The disruptive West Virginia defense has forced opponents to turn the ball over on 27.4 percent of all possessions, the seventh-best rate among Division I teams. Youngstown State has a forced-turnover percentage of only 18 percent through 10 games (ranking the Penguins 256th).


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