MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) It took nine games for West Virginia’s Daxter Miles Jr. to start to find a rhythm. Miles scored a season-high 20 points and the 15th-ranked Mountaineers overcame an early lull to beat VMI 90-55 on Saturday and give coach Bob Huggins his 799th career win. Miles missed the first three games with an unspecified illness and was ejected for throwing an elbow in the first half of a close win over Virginia last Saturday. The lack of court time set him back on a team where a dozen players are getting extensive minutes. Against VMI, the junior went 6 of 9 from the field, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range. “It feels good,” Miles said. “I just had to get back into the basic of things,
Wichita State took a massive step toward proving it will remain nationally relevant without graduated stars Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet. The Shockers notched their most impressive victory of the season on Saturday, a 76-73 win over Oklahoma in pro-Sooners Oklahoma City. Strong defense carried Wichita State against Oklahoma just like it has in so many previous big games.
As if Michigan State’s injury woes weren’t enough, the Spartans played Saturday’s game against Tennessee Tech without Matt McQuaid. McQuaid took a shot to the head in practice on Thursday. He had started eight of MSU’s ten games this season. “I was looking at the bench and I’m sitting with McQuaid, Miles, Ben and Gavin and I said to my assistant, Dwayne Stephens, ‘All four of those guys would have probably started,’” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. Miles Bridges is out with an ankle injury while Ben Carter and Gavin Schilling could both end up missing the season with knee injuries. “I just have to make sure those guys don’t sit next to me on the bench anymore. When it gets to be four of them