As a website all about WVU sports, it is hard not to look back at the thrilling overtime win on Saturday (86-85) over TCU. Two freshmen are in the spotlight from this victory; Daxter Miles Jr. and Jevon Carter.
Miles made a lay-up to tie the game in the second quarter with one second on the clock. TCU was unable to in-bound the ball, taking no time off the clock. This left time for WVU, but Devin Williams missed a shot which allowed the game to go into overtime.
Miles had two clutch three pointers, one to keep them in the game and one to put them ahead by 1 with nine seconds. With time expiring in overtime, TCU made a two pointer which should have sealed the game.
Carter took the ball the length of the floor and was fouled while attempting a last second layup. He made his two free throws to win the game with only :0.9 seconds left.
The Mountaineers (16-3) are hoping to take this momentum to Manhattan, Kansas as they take on the Kansas State Wildcats (12-8) tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN 3.
Not only is this game important for the continued success of this season, but also to make up for the series record against the Wildcats.
These two teams will be meeting for the seventh time with a 2-4 record in Kansas State’s favor, Coach Huggins former team (from 2006-2007 with a 23-12 record).
K-State is currently coached by Bruce Weber with a 59-31 record in his 3rd season.
Kansas State Players to Watch:
Nino Williams– He leads his team with 20 points over their recent 63-53 win over Oklahoma State. He averages 12 points per game.
Thomas Gipson– Second on the team in rebounds with 4.7 per game as well as averaging 11.2 points.
Marcus Foster– He leads the team in points with 13.7 ppg and is 2nd in assists averaging 2.3 per game.
Keys for Kansas State to Win: Continue to get better as a team. At the beginning of the season, KSU was in a slump after losing three straight non-conference games.
Since then; however, they have won 5 out of the last 6 games at home (Bramlage Coliseum). By continuing to put up big numbers with the home court advantage on their side, the Wildcats could walk away with another Big 12 win.
Keys for WVU win: Consistency! Shooting percentage needs to continue to get better. Among this group, who will step up again to continue to have an impact?
Maybe Nathan Adrian, Chase Conner or Daxter Miles Jr. hitting from behind the arc, or Juan Staten and Gary Browne dishing out points and assists. Or it could be Devin Williams with points and rebounds in the paint.
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Article Story: Kelsie VanderWijst