Despite a 20-loss season, the WVU men's basketball team's season will continue past the Big 12 Tournament.
The Mountaineers will host Grand Canyon in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The game will be live streamed on wvusports.com.
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This is West Virginia's first-ever appearance in the CBI as well as their first-ever with the Antelopes.
Grand Canyon enters the CBI with a record of 20-13, finishing third in the WAC and advancing clear through the to the conference final, losing to New Mexico State.
The 'Lopes also managed to play very competitive non-conference games against future NCAA teams Seton Hall and then-No. 6 Nevada.
WVU is 5-5 all-time against teams from the WAC.
The appearance marks the first time a team with 20 losses has reached the postseason without winning its conference tournament.
The Mountaineers are also among the first power teams to play in the CBI since 2015 (Colorado). DePaul, the other power team, is hosting Central Michigan in their own quadrant of the CBI.