On Saturday afternoon, the WVU Coliseum will take the host to a top-15 matchup between No. 14 West Virginia and No. 12 Oklahoma.
The Mountaineers and Sooners faced once already this season, with OU winning in Norman, Oklahoma, 75-71.
“They run great offense,” WVU coach Bob Huggins said on Friday. “I think Lon (Kruger) is a master at getting people isolated and getting the matchups that he wants. They’re so good at it, I don’t know why you would change.”
On Jan. 2, Oklahoma guard Umoja Gibson scored a season-high 29 points against the Mountaineers. It was just Gibson’s day, as he shot 8-of-11 from three.
“Well, Gibson is the one that stepped up against us,” Huggins said. “Really, Gibson without a question is their best shooter. So, Lon has the luxury of putting a lot of guys out there that can shoot the ball.”
Yesterday, the basketball team didn’t have a great practice for various reasons. WVU guard Jordan McCabe was honest about how it went.
“Yesterday’s practice was a little bit of a slaughter in terms of making sure we’re not complacent,” McCabe said. “I think it seemed as though the staff was focused on making sure that we knew that this wasn’t our peak.”
“Do you love it as a player? No, it’s not a fun practice,” McCabe added.
Coach Huggins had a response to McCabe’s comment on how practice went.
“Well, I would beg to differ with Jordan. I mean we were in a film room for an hour and a half. So, I don’t find that all that taxing sitting on your ass in the film room,” Huggins said. “So, and then we came out and they were predictably very lackluster after sitting there for an hour and a half. He (McCabe) must’ve been talking about how hard it was on me to watch them yesterday, not vice versa.”
The Mountaineers and Sooners are set to tipoff at the WVU Coliseum at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. This will be a “sold out” game in Morgantown, as the athletic department has allowed 2,800 fans for the game. The game will be televised on ESPN+.