By BRIAN WOODSON
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
All seven local and regional men’s college basketball teams will be on the court today.
Four of the seven women’s teams will be as well. Two others play on Sunday.
Here is a brief look at each of the games, excluding Concord, which is featured elsewhere in today’s edition.
•Wake Forest (9-7, 2-2) at Virginia Tech (10-6, 1-2): Virginia Tech’s Erick Greene continues to lead the nation in scoring with 24.8 points a game. He also leads the Hokies with 4.5 assists...Jarrell Eddie is tallying 14.3 points and 6.5 rebounds...Virginia Tech’s overtime win over Georgia Tech last Saturday snapped a four-game losing streak...The Hokies will host Virginia on Thursday at Cassell Coliseum.
C.J. Harris leads the Demon Deacons, scoring 15.2 points a game, while Travis McKie is just behind at 15.0, along with 7.8 rebounds...Wake Forest won four ACC games all last season, and already have two in 2013, both of which were at home...They have lost at Duke and Clemson.
•West Virginia (8-8) at Purdue (9-8): West Virginia steps out of the Big 12 for a non-league contest with the Big 10 Boilermakers...The Mountaineers are 1-5 all-time against Purdue...Juwan Staten (10.3 ppg, 3.2 ast) and Aric Murray (10 ppg, 7.1 reb) lead West Virginia...The ‘Eers have lost two straight and three of their last four.
Purdue is led by Terone Johnson (13.4 ppg, 4.7 reb, 3.1 ast) and A.J. Hammons (10.6 ppg, 6.4 reb)...Purdue has won two straight after going 2-1 in three consecutive games against ranked foes, beating Illinois and losing to Michigan State and Ohio State...Today’s game will be televised by CBS at 2 p.m.
•East Carolina (11-5, 2-1) at Marshall (8-9, 1-1): Marshall returns to the court for the first time since last Saturday’s loss to Texas-El Paso, having lost four of its last five games...DeAndre Kane has played three games since being out with injury, averaging 11 points...Kane contributes 14.1 points and 7.6 assists for the Herd...Elijah Pittman (14.5 ppg) is Marshall’s top scorer, while rebounding comes from Dennis Tinnon (9.0 reb) and Nigel Spikes (8.4).
East Carolina has been led by Maurice Kemp (18.3 ppg, 8.4 reb and 2.6 ast) and Miguel Paul (12.5 ppg, 5.7 ast)...The Pirates started the season with a 5-0 record, and then alternated wins and losses until they were victorious in their last two games against Central Florida and Houston.
•Florida State (10-6, 2-1) at Virginia (11-5, 1-2): Virginia has followed up a win over North Carolina with surprising defeats at Wake Forest and Clemson...Joe Harris (15.1 ppg, 2.4 ast) and Akil Mitchell (12.3 ppg, 9.3 reb) lead the Cavaliers...Virginia has not played a ranked team this season...The Cavaliers visit Virginia Tech on Thursday.
The Seminoles haven’t played since last Saturday’s loss to North Carolina, which followed two ACC road wins at Maryland and Clemson...Michael Snaer (15.1 ppg, 2.6 ast) paces Florida State, while Okaro White is contributing 13.4 ppg and 6.3 reb.
•Bluefield (6-11, 2-7) at Shawnee State (10-7, 6-3): Bluefield is 0-for-2013, having lost all five of its games this month...This will be the Rams’ fourth straight game on the row...The Rams lost two starters prior to the beginning of the current semester...Byron Carpenter (22.1 ppg, 6.5 reb) leads the Rams inside, while Kearston Marion (17.7 ppg, 42 3s) handles the ball.
Jeremy Bennington leads Shawnee State, located in Portsmouth, Ohio, with 17.9 points a game...He is ranked fourth nationally in NAIA Division 1 in 3s per game (3.882)...Tyler Morgan is ninth in rebounds (8.8).
•Bluefield State (0-15, 0-11) at Alderson-Broaddus (9-3, 7-1): Bluefield State will try to snap a 40-game losing streak against one the top teams in the WVIAC...Vincent Rogers leads the Big Blues, scoring 14.7 points a game, no one else is in double figures...The Blues lost 60-56 against Wheeling Jesuit in a game played on Thursday night on a bad weather night. The attendance was listed as 22.
O’Dell Eargle (16.9 ppg, 7.0 reb) and Kurklin Bohanon (16.6 ppg) lead the Battlers, who have won seven of their last eight games...A-B is currently in second place in the WVIAC, trailing only top-ranked West Liberty.
•Bluefield (13-6, 5-4) at Shawnee State (14-5, 5-4): Four Lady Rams average in double figures in scoring, including Tequila McNeal (17.1, 5.4 reb), Ashley White (15.5, 4.2 ast), Janee Simmons (11.2, 8.7 reb) and Monique Robson (10.8)...The Lady Rams are looking to finish a four-game road trip with a 2-2 record...Bluefield is 7-0 at home this season.
Shawnee State was the preseason pick to win the Mid-South Conference title...The Bears are one of five MSC teams ranked among the top 20 NAIA Division I women’s programs...Schera Simpson leads the Bears with 14.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 35 blocked shots.
•Bluefield State (10-4, 8-3) at Alderson-Broaddus (3-9, 1-6): Go ahead and give WVIAC coach of the year to J.J. Oliver, who has the Lady Blues in third place...Bluefield State won six league games last year, and already have eight this season...The Lady Blues won a total of seven league games for a WVIAC mark of 7-77 from 2008-11...Charlene Diggs (14.4 ppg) and Charity Harris (12.4 ppg, 5.0 ast)) are among the standouts for the Blues.
Alderson-Broaddus will try to keep Bluefield State from their 11th win of the season...The Lady Blues have reached double figures in wins for the first time since finishing 10-17 in 2001...A-B has lost seven of eight games...Amanda Peoples (14.0 ppg) and Leah Hurst (12.2 ppg) lead the Battlers.
•West Virginia (11-5, 3-2) at Baylor (15-1, 5-0): No team faces a larger task today than West Virginia, which travels to No. 1 Baylor...West Virginia, winners of three in a row, are 0-2 against ranked teams this season...These clubs have met twice, with each winning a game apiece.
Baylor has won 13 straight after a loss to Stanford, scoring as many as 106 points and winning by as many as 65...Six-foot-8 Brittney Griner is averaging 21.6 points and 7.6 rebounds.
•Sunday women’s games: Houston at Marshall (6-10, 0-3); Miami at Virginia (11-6, 3-3)...Va. Tech (7-10, 1-5) will visit orth Carolina State on Thursday.