Thursday, October 20, 2016

No.19 WVU opens Big 12 play against Kansas State on Saturday

WVU's Jonathan Holton (1) Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

WVU’s Jonathan Holton (1)
Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

MANHATTAN, Kan.–No. 19 West Virginia (11-1) will look to open Big 12 action on the right foot on Saturday afternoon when the Mountaineers travel to Manhattan to take on the Kansas State Wildcats (10-2).

WVU is coming off an 88-63 win against nonconference foe Virginia Tech on Wednesday afternoon.

Jevon Carter and Jaysean Paige paved the way for the Mountaineers in the win. Carter scored 18 points and Paige came off the bench and had 17.

WVU used its full-court pressure to turn 22 turnovers into 26 points. The Mountaineers outrebounded the Hokies 42-24.

Junior Devin Williams is averaging 15.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game for WVU this season. The 6-foot-9 forward has recorded six double-doubles.

Senior Jonathan Holton picked up his fourth double-double of the season last game against Virginia Tech. He is averaging 9.2 ppg and 7.5 rpg. The 6-foot-7 forward is seventh in the country in offensive rebounds with an average of 4.3.

Daxter Miles Jr. (4) (Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

Daxter Miles Jr. (4)
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

Sophomore Daxter Miles Jr. averages 12.2 ppg and has scored in double figures in 16 of WVU’s last 20 games.

The Wildcats are coming off a 75-47 win over Saint Louis on Tuesday.

Kansas State has had five different players lead the team in scoring this season. Six players have a least three double-figure scoring games.

Junior forward Wesley Iwundu leads the Wildcats in scoring (13.3 ppg). Senior guard Justin Edwards averages 13.0 ppg and 5.8 rpg. Freshman Dean Wade is averaging 10.8 ppg and 5.8 rpg.

Bob Huggins was 21-12 during the 2006-07 season with the Wildcats. It was the most wins by a coach at Kansas State in 18 years and ended an eight-year postseason drought that year.

The Wildcats have won 5 of their last 6 Big 12 openers at home, 3 of 4 of those wins were against ranked opponents.

Kansas State is off to its best start since the 2012-13 season when the Wildcats began the Bruce Weber era 10-2.

The Wildcats only losses this season came at the hands of No.9 North Carolina and No.25 Texas A&M.

The Mountaineers were 21-0 last season when holding opponents to 69 points or less. They are 10-0 this season.

Saturday’s game will be the ninth meeting between the two teams. The series is tied at 4-all. WVU swept the series for the first time last season.

The first meeting between WVU and Kansas State came on Dec. 12, 1949 in Morgantown when the Wildcats defeated the Mountaineers 49-44.

Tipoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. (ET) on ESPNU.



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