West Virginia men’s basketball team is set begin Big 12 play this weekend. The first Big 12 game that will be played for the Mountaineers is on Jan. 1 at noon, against Texas.
Ideally for the Mountaineers, a win can help springboard them into the rest of their conference schedule. Beating a ranked opponent on the road, will help give them a lot of confidence as they head through the rest of January.
Looking back at last season’s Big 12 schedule for West Virginia can help give some idea of what to expect this time around. The Mountaineers played Texas twice during the previous season, splitting both games, in a pair of close matchups.
The two teams first played on Jan. 9, with Texas winning 72-70. On Feb. 20, it was another close battle between these two squads, with West Virginia getting the best of them this time around. The Mountaineers trailed by 10 at halftime, and by 19 at one point in the second half, but a late run propelled West Virginia to an 84-82 victory.
Statistically speaking, Texas was able to spread the ball around more and had more of a defensive presence on the interior. West Virginia however was able to hang their hat on forcing 16 Texas turnovers.
WVU has been playing against Texas since 1973, the Mountaineers have been able to win 10 times in 23 matchups.
Although the next Big 12 game that WVU is scheduled to play this season against TCU has been postponed, it is never too early to look ahead to the eventual matchup with the Horned Frogs.
Looking back at last season WVU played TCU twice and was able to beat them each time. The first game was played on Feb. 23 where WVU won 74-66 and again on Mar. 4, winning, 76-67. Looking at the last game played against TCU last season in March, WVU started off slow in the first half. During the first, WVU took the lead over TCU 32-18. Moving into the second half TCU peaked above WVU to make a couple of extra points over WVU, but it wasn’t enough. At the end of the game, the Mountaineers had more assists, steals, and blocks, leading them to victory.
This game wasn’t just another win for the Mountaineers, head coach Bob Huggins earned his 899th career win, before getting his 900th in the NCAA Tournament.
Moving into this season’s game against TCU, the Mountaineers have a decent chance to take the win over the team. West Virginia has won 16 of the 19 games the two teams have played.
The third Big 12 game this season is scheduled for Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. against Kansas State.
Looking at last season the two teams played twice, the first time on Jan. 23 and again on Feb. 27. In both games, the Mountaineers were able to come out victorious over the Wildcats. In the last game played against KSU last season, the Mountaineers held the lead into the second half. The game ended with West Virginia winning 65-43.
The two teams have been playing against each other since 1949 and have played a total of 21 games. WVU has won 13 out of the 21 games and has won the last 3 games played between the two teams.
Looking into the fourth Big 12 game this season, the game will be held onJan. 11 at 9 p.m.
The two teams also played twice during the regular season last year and once in the Big 12 Tournament. The two regular season games came on Jan. 4 and again on Mar 6. Oklahoma State and WVU each won a game, with both games coming down to the wire.
In the first go around, the Mountaineers were able to take the win over the Cowboys ending the game with a score of 87-84. In the second matchup, Oklahoma State took the win against WVU, with a score of 85-80. During the last matchup, the game started off with WVU in the lead with a score of 39-34. Oklahoma State came back from halftime and were able to beat West Virginia on the road.
The two teams have been playing against each other since 2013 and have played a total of 19 games. WVU has won nine times out of those 19.Oklahoma State has always been a great competitor in the Big 12, but due to a postseason ban, this year is somewhat of a mystery.
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