CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The annual college basketball clash between the Mountain State's only two Division I programs -- the Capital Classic -- has veered from its regular format in recent years.
That'll happen again this season with the first Saturday matchup in the series' 25-game history at the Charleston Civic Center.
The details are still being finalized, but the annual hoops series between WVU and Marshall will be played Saturday, Dec. 14.
That is the penultimate weekend before Christmas.
After separating the men's and women's games into a two-night event the last two Classics, the games will be played on the same day again, although don't anticipate a traditional back-to-back doubleheader. One idea being kicked around is to start the women's game at 2 p.m. and have the men tip off at 7:30 p.m.
The intrastate series was first played at the Civic Center in 1980 but didn't become the Capital Classic until 1989. It became an annual fixture in the 12,380-seat Charleston arena in 1991-92.
This year will be the 25th Capital Classic and the 22nd in a row at the Civic Center.
The last 14 meetings in Charleston have been sellouts, although the 11,512 in attendance last December represented the smallest crowd since 1999 (9,132).
It was the first December meeting between the schools since 1996. The game had previously been a January staple.
But just like the Classic in the middle of conference play, the weekday Classic is about to become a thing of the past.
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College sports fans might feel the aftershocks of realignment for a few more years.
For instance, Marshall's football series with Louisville will likely be moved to accommodate the Cardinals' switch to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
U of L has added a road game with Notre Dame in 2014, which gives the program five home games and seven away -- a ratio that college athletic directors dislike.