GC: So the last time the Mountaineers and Hokies met up was 2005 (in football) and the last time the two teams met up on the hardwood was in 2004 in Seth Greenberg's first year as a coach at Virginia Tech. Have you missed us? Has the hate diminished given the time we've spent apart? Or is the wound of our breakup still fresh?
GC: West Virginia has a decided height advantage down low going into this game with the ability to throw five guys 6'8" or taller at the Hokies, especially now that 6'10" sophomore Volodymyr Gerun has been cleared by the NCAA to play. Do you think he sees any action? And as for the other guys like Kilicli and Murray, how do you think they plan to attack the Hokies?
GC: The Mountaineers have gotten off to kind of a rocky start, especially considering their hoops pedigree over the last decade. What do you attribute this to, and is it fixable? Or has it already been fixed?
GC: West Virginia is averaging just under 72 points per game, but throw out a blowout win against Marist and 96 points against run-and-gun VMI and we're talking about a much lower figure. How do you think the Mountaineers will cope with the Hokies' pace in this one. Will they try to slow it down, or will they try to play with them? Is there a certain score range they would like to keep it within? Say, a game in the 60's, 70's or 80's?
GC: West Virginia also has a depth advantage over the Hokies, as 10 players play over 10 minutes per game. How much of an advantage do you think this gives the Mountaineers?
GC: This one is a little out there, but stay with me. My freshman year of college I was stuck with a roommate who is a West Virginia fan. No big deal, we got along great and are still friends to this day. But we obviously always had a difference of opinion on which team to root for and no matter how well we got along, that black diamond was always there. When we discussed the two teams, the couch burning and battery/nickel-chucking always came up. He copped to the couch burning (even teaching me a game that went along with it), but claimed he had no idea about the pelting of players on the opposing sidelines and vehemently denied its existence. So I guess I'm looking for a little bit of an olive branch here between the two of us (or a score-settler). Does this practice officially exist, and if not did it used to exist (keep in mind, I have been to Mountaineer Field before)?
GC: Okay, prediction time. Who do you have, by how much and why?