Both the Mountaineers (5-5) and the Highlanders (5-6) are dealing with mercurial starts to their seasons. WVU's up-and-down opening headed up again following Wednesday's 76-71 win over Oakland. That snapped a two-game skid including losses to Duquesne at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh and to Michigan at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Radford is winless for December, with setbacks to Delaware, William and Mary and Charlotte.
After WVU Coach Bob Huggins left him home for the Michigan game, center Aaric Murray returned to record a team-high 12 points and 10 rebounds against Oakland. Still, Huggins said after Wednesday's game he still was searching for consistency from his roster. The Mountaineers are consistently taller than the Highlanders. Radford has a trio of players standing 6-foot-8 - freshmen Kion Brown and Lucas Dyer and sophomore Jalen Carethers - but no one taller.
WVU has its Noreen, plus fellow 6-foot-10 post players Murray and seldom used Volodymyr Gerun and 6-foot-9 Deniz Kilicli.
Radford is led by 6-foot-4 guard Javonte Green. His 13.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game are the best on the team.
As tough as it might be for the Noreens to face each other Saturday, Kyle figures it'll be even tougher for their parents, Jerry and Karen. The two will be in attendance at the Coliseum, but they'll probably be neutral in their dress.
The jawing, mild as it is, between the brothers has gone silent, Kevin said. They both want a win, but that won't break their familial bonds.
"I haven't talked to him in about a week," Kevin said. "We both know what's coming up here. We're still brothers, but at the same time we're competitors against each other now, so it's definitely a little different for us."
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