Men's College Basketball
Preview
VCU vs West Virginia
When: 2:30 PM ET, Thursday, November 26, 2020
Where: Sanford Pentagon, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Miles McBride didn't waste much time picking up where he left off last season.

After erupting for a career-high 23 points in the opener, McBride aims to continue his strong play on Thursday afternoon as No. 15 West Virginia challenges Virginia Commonwealth in the semifinals of the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic in Sioux Falls, S.D.

McBride averaged 14.0 points over his last three games during the 2019-20 season for the Mountaineers. The sophomore guard followed that up on Wednesday by sinking 9 of 19 shots from the floor in West Virginia's 79-71 win over South Dakota State.

"Honestly, just get the ball to my teammates and let the game come to me," McBride said. "The first thing when you step on the floor is to compete and to win. That's really the only things going through my head."

Sean McNeil scored a career-high 16 points and Taz Sherman sank four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points off the bench for the Mountaineers.

"(McNeil) shot the ball really well this whole preseason," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. "When you score as much as he and Taz do, you aren't a very good coach if you tell them to go guard the best guy all the time, because you have to have them on the floor. (Sean) has come a long way defensively."

Oscar Tshiebwe, who was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team, mustered just seven points while being limited by foul trouble on Wednesday. The 6-foot-9, 260-pound Tshiebwe averaged team-best totals in points (11.2) and rebounds (9.3) last season.

Derek Culver had 14 rebounds for the Mountaineers, who hope to sharpen their skills in this tournament before heading to the Jimmy V Classic next week. West Virginia, which replaced Tennessee after the No. 12 Volunteers withdrew following their shutdown, will face preseason No. 1 Gonzaga next Wednesday.

The Mountaineers, however, will need to turn their attention toward Virginia Commonwealth, which advanced to the semifinals with an 85-69 victory over Utah State on Wednesday.

Nah'Shon Hyland, who was a member of the Atlantic-10 All-Rookie Team last season, enjoyed a strong start to his sophomore campaign. Hyland highlighted his career-high 23-point performance by sinking five 3-pointers to pace the Rams.

Vince Williams Jr. had a personal-best 15 points for Virginia Commonwealth, which overcame a seven-point deficit with just under 11 minutes remaining to outscore Utah State by a 29-6 margin.

"A little havoc, a little havoc," Rams coach Mike Rhoades said. "These guys wanted to press. We started getting our hand on balls. We had some great traps, we had some good rotations. Some of the plays they made at the end of the press in the first half -- they made some pull-ups and a couple corners 3s -- but as the game wore on, they took a couple of those shots, they missed and we rebounded it."

Virginia Commonwealth started the week set to compete in the Volunteer Classic in Tennessee before plans changed due to positive COVID-19 tests among the Vols. The Rams' open schedule didn't last long, as they accepted Wichita State's spot in the South Dakota tournament after the Shockers were forced to drop out.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
VCU 1-0 W1 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0
West Virginia 1-0 W1 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0
Last Meeting
VCU West Virginia
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
VCU N/A
West Virginia N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
VCU N/A
West Virginia N/A
Assists Player  
VCU N/A
West Virginia N/A
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
VCU N. Hyland 23 50.0 6
West Virginia M. McBride 23 47.4 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
VCU K. Curry 6 1 5
West Virginia D. Culver 14 3 11
Assists Player  
VCU A. Balwin Jr. 7
West Virginia M. McBride 3
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar VCU Off vs  red bar West Virginia Defense
blue bar 85.0 Points For
red bar 71.0 Points Against
blue bar 52.8 FG%
red bar 43.5 FG%
blue bar 25.0 Reb
red bar 36.0 Reb
red bar West Virginia Off vs  blue bar VCU Defense
red bar 79.0 Points For
blue bar 69.0 Points Against
red bar 39.0 FG%
blue bar 42.9 FG%
red bar 38.0 Reb
blue bar 31.0 Reb