MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia goes up against one of the most effective and attached offensive duos in Big East Conference basketball tonight when the 25th-ranked Mountaineers play host to Seton Hall, guard Jeremy Hazell and forward Herb Pope.
Tipoff is at 7 (WCHS telecast in Charleston-Huntington).
Syracuse, with Kris Joseph and Rick Jackson, is the only other team with a scorer averaging at least 15 points per game and a teammate averaging double figures in points and rebounds in Big East games.
Hazell, who was shot by an attempted robbery assailant on Christmas Day and had a wrist injury previously, has played nine games and just six in Big East play. He's averaging 16.6 points in conference play and 19.1 overall.
Pope, who collapsed during an offseason workout and was hospitalized, is averaging 13.7 points and 10.2 rebounds in the Big East and 10.2 points and 9.2 rebounds overall.
Hazell shoots a lot, but in part because Pope rebounds so well. Pope rebounds so frequently because Hazell shoots so often.
Hazell scored 100 points in his first three games against WVU, but had only nine at the WVU Coliseum last February.
"You've got to watch him as soon as he steps over half court," WVU point guard Joe Mazzulla said. "You can't relax and you've got to attack him at all times and be alert.
"You've got to really force him into quick, one-dribble pull-ups. You've got to make him take bad shots. If he makes them, he makes them."
The 6-foot-5 senior has attempted 75 shots and 40 3-pointers in four games against WVU. The 6-foot-8 Pope is averaging 10 points and 10.5 rebounds in two games against WVU.
"If Hazell is going to be doing that, then we've got to control the other guys," Mazzulla said. "If he's going to take every shot and go for 40 points then we can't let Herb Pope get every rebound."
WVU's John Flowers will be assigned Hazell, although Mazzulla could get his chances, especially if Flowers is in foul trouble. Cam Thoroughman will be one of a few to combat Pope.