CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The topic in this space the other day was West Virginia University's football program. It was mentioned that, as the situation stands, selling tickets for next football season will be more difficult with a lack of stars. All from this past season - unless you want to count safety Karl Joseph - are gone. Athletic director Oliver Luck will have to sell tickets on the allure of Big 12 opponents and, of course, WVU's fan-base loyalty.
It might be shaping up that way in men's basketball for this season as well. The struggling Mountaineers are 7-6 with no wins over quality opponents. (Virginia Tech, in case you're wondering, has fallen on hard times, losing to Georgia Southern and Colorado State as well as BYU and Maryland.)
If that might be the case with you, I present a primer on WVU's upcoming Big 12 opponents. It is, after all, the Mountaineers' first hoops season within the league.
Hopefully this will hit on nuggets you can retain. Marshall, for instance, is hosting Tulsa on Wednesday. I can report the players for the visitors, but what will probably stick to you, and perhaps draw you out, is that the Golden Hurricane is coached by Danny Manning. See?
WVU, of course, has already played Oklahoma twice. What we learned is that's where coach Lon Kruger landed and he sends out five starters with no stars. Am I missing anything there?
So let's take a look at WVU's new league opponents other than OU, in the order the Mountaineers will meet them.
What you won't see is the team's star, and that's been the big UT story so far this season. Sophomore point guard Myck Kabongo is serving a 23-game suspension that was imposed in part because he traveled to Cleveland last spring to work out with Cleveland Cavalier Tristan Thompson and a professional trainer.
K-State is one of only two Big 12 teams in the latest Associated Press Top 25. The main man for the Wildcats is senior guard Rodney McGruder, a preseason all-conference pick. Against Oklahoma State he scored two points in the first half - and 26 in the second.