Mountaineers and Herd Meet in Annual Classic


  The annual Capital Classic battle between WVU and Marshall in basketball tips off tonight at 7 at the Charleston Civic Arena.

The Mountaineers enter the contest with just one blemish on their record — a loss to the University of Virginia. They sit at 8-1 on the season and are ranked 20th in this week’s Associated Press poll.

Marshall has won its last three contests after starting the season 0-6 and now sits at 3-6 on the young season. In the last three games, the Herd has knocked off Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky and North Carolina Central.

The game will feature 10 West Virginia natives between the two teams. The Mountaineers have four state players on their squad and the Herd features six from the state. The game will be the second for the Mountaineers at the Charleston Civic Center this year. They beat James Madison on Nov. 16 in the Civic Center.

Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.