Monday, March 27, 2017

No. 13 WVU travels to Lawrence for a Big 12 showdown with No. 3 Kansas

Elijah Macon (45) celebrates WVU's 85-66 win over Kansas State on Saturday, February 11, 2017. (Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

Elijah Macon (45) celebrates WVU’s 85-66 win over Kansas State on Saturday, February 11, 2017.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

LAWRENCE, Kan.–Just two days after defeating Kansas State in Morgantown, No. 13 West Virginia University is on the road at the Phog Allen Fieldhouse to take on No. 3 Kansas.

The last time the two teams met, the Mountaineers (20-5, 8-4 Big 12) pulled off the upset, defeating the Jayhawks 85-69.

In the win, sophomore forward Esa Ahmad (11.6 points) scored 27 points.

WVU is coming off an 85-66 victory over Kansas State on Saturday. Etched in a halftime deadlock, the Mountaineers scored 20 baskets in the second half.

Besides Ahmad, WVU depends on production from junior point guard Jevon Carter (11.8 points), who tallied 19 against the Wildcats.

Esa Ahmad talks to assistant coach Larry Harrison during WVU's 85-66 win over Kansas State on Saturday, February 11, 2017. (Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

Esa Ahmad talks to assistant coach Larry Harrison during WVU’s 85-66 win over Kansas State on Saturday, February 11, 2017.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

If the Mountaineers hope to keep any chance of winning the Big 12 title alive, Monday’s game becomes a must win.

Kansas (22-3, 10-2) leads Baylor by one game and WVU by two, heading into Monday’s showdown.

Like the Mountaineers, the Jayhawks are coming off little rest.

Frank Mason III (20.1 points) could have benefited most from a few days off. The senior guard was limited in Saturday’s 80-79 win at Texas Tech.

With an ill Mason, freshman phenom Josh Jackson (16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds) picked up the pace and scored a career-best 31 points against the Red Raiders. He grabbed 11 boards for his fourth double-double in five games.

WVU is winless at the Phog in four trips. It’s the only Big 12 venue that the Mountaineers haven’t won at.

Game time is a 9 p.m. and is televised on ESPN.

 

Cover Photo: Kelsie LeRose, BGS

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