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West Virginia vs. Michigan preview: Mountaineers face off with the Wolverines at Barclays Center

The Mountaineers face off against the unbeaten Wolverines and coach John Beilein on Saturday. Before coming to Michigan, Beilein coached at West Virginia for five seasons.

Andy Lyons

The West Virginia Mountaineers will square off against the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday night in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival at the Barclays Center. Former WVU coach John Beilein is now the head coach at Michigan, where he has led the No. 3 Wolverines to a perfect 2012 season so far. This is Beilein's first time facing his former team.

Michigan is looking to start its season with an 11th straight victory, while West Virginia can get above .500 with a win on Saturday. The Mountaineers have struggled on the road so far this season, going just 1-4 in games away from Morgantown.

West Virginia's offense has been underwhelming, as they average just 69.3 points per game in their first eight contests. The Mountaineer offense is led by sophomore guard Juwan Staten (10.6 PPG).

Michigan, meanwhile, has scored 77.9 points per game. The Wolverines have shot 50.7 percent from the field, which is seventh-best in the nation. They are led by a trio of guards, Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Nik Stauskas. The three combine for 45.4 points per game.

Time: 8 p.m. ET


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