SPOKANE, Wash. -- West Virginia University's basketball team is scheduled to travel 31,128 miles this season, its first in the Big 12.
To get to the regular season opener here against Gonzaga, the Mountaineers flew about 4,200 miles.
WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins, however, did what he could to minimize the effects of travel. The Mountaineers left Morgantown early Saturday morning and arrived in Spokane around 1 p.m.
They practiced Saturday night and Sunday afternoon before the midnight ET on Monday. That was a 9 p.m. tip here.
After the game, however, WVU was on a red-eye schedule to return. The team had a 5:30 a.m. flight through Denver and into Pittsburgh before busing to Morgantown.
Before the game, Huggins announced he'd be starting Boston College transfer Matt Humphrey instead of Keaton Miles, who started in the Glenville exhibition.
The rest of the starting lineup was scheduled to be Juwan Staten, Jabarie Hinds, Deniz Kilicli and Aaric Murray.
On Monday, WVU deputy athletic director Mike Parsons clarified the way WVU's game at Gonzaga was set up.
"It originated from ESPN, which was looking for a game to place in its [Tip-Off Marathon] of 24 hours of basketball," he said. "Our game tip [was] right after Monday Night Football, which is an ideal spot, especially since the [Pittsburgh] Steelers [were] playing.
"Last year, we played in the [Marathon] against Kent State on a Tuesday morning. Overall, it's a promotional thing by ESPN. They have 24 hours of consecutive basketball on ESPN or ESPN2. Some start at 6 a.m. But we got that ideal spot after Monday Night Football."
Parsons said Gonzaga would play in Morgantown next season.