CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The last time Kevin and Kyle Noreen were on opposite sides of a basketball game, the hoop was bolted to their garage in Minneapolis, Minn.
"I don't think we've ever played each other in a game, other than in one-on-one in the backyard," Kevin said.
That changes Saturday afternoon in Morgantown, as Kevin's West Virginia University team hosts Kyle's Radford team at 4 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum (ROOT Sports). While they have little experience as opponents, they have plenty as teammates at Minnesota Transitions Charter School and before.
"We've never actually gone against each other in a game situation," Kevin said. "We've always been on the same team throughout high school and in our younger days. It'll be something new for both of us."
The Noreens are two of the most decorated basketball players in Minnesota high school history. Six-foot-10 Kevin was Minnesota's 2010 Mr. Basketball, leading Minnesota Transitions Charter School to a Class A state title while averaging 38.6 points, 16.5 steals, 5.8 assists, 3.9 steals and 3.2 blocks. He's the state's all-time leading scorer with 4,086 career points.
Six-foot-five Kyle ended his high school career as Minnesota's all-time leader in 3-pointers and steals. A four-time all-state selection, he was a 2011 Mr. Basketball finalist averaging 30 points, eight rebounds and five assists as a senior.
"It's really special to do something with your brother like that," Kyle said. "Our goal growing up was to be Division I ball players, and to be living dream at the same time is pretty incredible."
Those one-on-one games got pretty feisty, Kyle said. Kevin usually won them, and they were filled with a lot of fouls and a lot of arguing over those fouls. The trash talk, if you could really call it that, preceding Saturday's game has been much more tame.
"There's not been too much," Kyle said. "He thought they'd have a pretty good chance at winning. I told him 'we'll surprise you guys. I think we'll bring a pretty good team there.' It didn't get too nasty."
This year, Kyle has started 10 of 11 games for the Highlanders, averaging 4.4 points and 4.8 rebounds. Kevin has played in all 10 of the Mountaineers' games, starting one and averaging 3.0 points and 3.3 rebounds. Both are sophomore, though Kevin is a year older. He played just seven games in 2010-11 before undergoing season-ending knee surgery.