West Virginia rolls over Fordham

24 December 2017 22:46:49 GMTPlus11

The Mountaineers of West Virginia had little trouble with the Rams of Fordham on Saturday as they routed the visitors 86-69 at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown.

Daxter Miles Jr. led the way for the hosts with 21 points with all five West Virginia starters in double figures. Fellow senior Jevon Carter posted a double-double, as did Sagaba Konate as the Mountaineers secured their 11th win in a row.

James Bolden came off the bench to add a further 11 as head coach Bob Huggins racked up his 830th Division 1 victory.

Ranked 11th in the nation by the Associated Press in their pre-season Top 25 Poll, West Virginia were crushed by Texas A & M 88-65 in their season opener in a game played at the Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.

That dropped Bob Huggins side to 24th in the AP Poll and their subsequent rise to #10 has more to do with those above them losing than any inherent quality victories.

Getting the better of the Virginia Cavaliers was useful but American, Morgan State, Long Beach State, Marist, UCF, Missouri, NJIT, Pitt, Coppin State and now Fordham could hardly be described as even a marginal schedule and certainly not a challenging one.

Big 12 Conference play starts on Friday against Oklahoma State in Stillwater with Kansas State, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas Tech and Kansas all to follow.

The latter four are currently ranked and by the middle of January we will have a much better idea as to the relative quality of the Mountaineers.

The Duke Blue Devils are 3001.00 to win the NCAAB title with West Virginia 3001.00 and the Kansas Jayhawks priced at 4.50.

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