Tonight, he will take part in the 52nd meeting between the teams, with WVU owning a 35-16 edge. Under 11th-year coach Mike Carey, the Mountaineers have won the last seven and are prohibitive favorites to add another one.
WVU (4-2) is coming off a 54-47 win Sunday at Virginia, a performance that soothes the pain of two losses at Florida International's tournament the previous weekend. WVU lost 71-63 to Louisiana State and 79-70 to Iowa.
Guards Taylor Palmer (11.0), Christal Caldwell (10.3) and center Ayana Dunning (9.7) lead a balanced scoring attack.
"I think we have a lot of interchangeable parts," Carey said. "I think we have we're deeper this year than we've ever been. We're not as big because of Asya Busse's injury, but we have a lot of people that can play different positions. That really helps us if we get in foul trouble."
Marshall (4-3) is coming off a 59-51 win over Presbyterian, a day after falling to 67-63 to Jackson State at an Eastern Kentucky tournament. Shay Weaver leads the Herd with 12.7 points, with seven others averaging at least five points.
"To be honest with you, it's a different kid every night [who stands out]," Daniel said. "I think that happens in a new system, and that's the type of system we run anyway, a system were everybody can get rich. ... I just hope it's somebody, as opposed to nobody."
But really, he needs a lot of "somebodies" against a much more established, nationally ranked WVU team.
"This game is a tall, tall order," Daniel said. "It's a tall order for where we are with our program, and if you look at coach Carey, his history there and the things he's been able establish over his tenure, I hope that I can be as fortunate to have as much success."
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