Saturday will be historic for college basketball in the Mountain State, which should delight any scrooges who are humbugging about the respective starts for Marshall (6-4) and West Virginia (4-4).
It could be unprecedented territory for the coaches of the state's two Division I programs, too. We'll get to that later.
Saturday will be the fifth time since 1950, when The Associated Press started releasing a weekly top 25 poll, that the Herd and Mountaineers have faced nationally ranked competition on the same day.
Marshall gets undefeated and No. 11 Cincinnati at 2 p.m. in the Charleston Civic Center.
At 8 p.m. in Brooklyn's brand new $1 billion Barclays Center, WVU matches up with former Coach John Beilein, who has No. 3 Michigan off to its first 10-0 start since 1988-89.
The early-season struggles for the in-state teams might have removed some of the luster from these non-league matchups.
At Marshall, third-year Coach Tom Herrion will take the Herd into the program's 60th game against a ranked opponent. Marshall is 8-51 all-time against top 25 teams, with the last three coming against West Virginia.
The last time the Herd beat an out-of-state ranked opponent was Dec. 2, 2000 in a 67-65 win over No. 24 Dayton.
That's also one of the four previous dates WVU and Marshall have faced ranked foes on the same day (the Mountaineers lost to No. 7 Tennessee that day, 79-78).
It happened most recently on Feb. 3 2010, when No. 6 WVU routed No. 22 Pitt in Morgantown.
A few hours away in Huntington, the Herd lost to No. 21 UTEP.
The other two instances occurred about five decades ago: Jan. 4, 1964 and Jan. 16, 1960.
WVU lost to No. 7 Davidson in '64 on the same day Marshall fell to No. 9 Toledo. In '60, No. 3 WVU topped No. 9 Villanova while Marshall again lost to Toledo, which was ranked No. 18.
WVU and Marshall have never both defeated ranked opponents on the same day.
Five losses on the ledger in December?
Neither Herrion nor WVU Coach Bob Huggins have ever lost five games before New Year's Day. That's 33 combined Division I seasons, excluding this year.
Huggins, in fact, only lost four November/December games once at Akron and twice at Cincinnati. Herrion had it happen to him once - a 7-4 record before the ball dropped in his final season at College of Charleston.