‘They are my second favorite basketball team’: Coach discusses YSU’s big meeting with West Virginia


YSU and West Virginia will tip off Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Covelli Centre

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The YSU men’s basketball team is undefeated at Beeghly Center this season. The Penguins are 5-0 at home with two games left before conference play begins.

The Penguins will host Binghamton on Wednesday night, then nationally-ranked West Virginia this Saturday.

Saturday’s game will take place at the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown.

“I’m really excited to see what it’s like to play at Covelli,” said Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun. “We’ve never been down there. You have a chance to play a Power 5 in your own city, that’s pretty neat for basketball fans and fans of ours. So we want to fill it up.”

Coach Calhoun said around 2,500 tickets have already been sold for Saturday’s game.

Part of the draw is the return of Warren Harding graduate Derek Culver and former Kennedy Catholic standout Oscar Tshiebwe. Both are averaging over 10 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game this season for the #25 ranked Mountaineers.

“Those two guys are probably two of the better players to come out of our area in quite some time,” Calhoun said. “There’s going to be a lot of excitement for those two kids coming back home. Our guys have seen him play because he was at our team camp. Rick brought their team. Kennedy Catholic was at our team camp going into his senior year. I had to tell their coach, ‘We can’t replace these baskets.’ He dunked I don’t know how many balls. So both those kids are big. They’re powerful. It’s my second favorite college basketball team. Huge West Virginia fan so it’s going to be exciting.”

The Penguins and Mountaineers tip off this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Covelli Centre.

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