Morgantown, W. Va. — The Big 12 now has three teams in the top 10. Baylor and Kansas take two spots in the top three, while the Mountaineers hold down the seventh spot. That sets up a matchup between our No. 7 Mountaineers against the No. 3 Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kansas.
No. 7 West Virginia comes into the matchup after escaping from Iowa State in their Big 12 opener last week 70-65. The Mountaineers are doing what they do best year in and year out, rebounding and playing defense. At the same time, they are playing inconsistent from game to game, or as Derek Culver stated playing “down to their competition.”
Nonetheless, the Mountaineers have looked pretty great against top-20 teams. They lost by five in a battle against the No. 1 team in the nation in Gonzaga, and then put the hammer down against No. 19 Richmond. With another top-10 matchup today, you can expect another dog fight. Especially, with the matchup being in Allen Fieldhouse. West Virginia has never won in Lawrence, and guard Taz Sherman wants to turn that around as I’m sure the rest of the team does as well.
“That’s one thing I really want to get for him [Huggins] and this state,” Sherman said.
West Virginia has won their last four matchups while averaging 76 points per game. Miles McBride leads the team with 15 points per game, and is coming off a 9 for 11 for 20 points performance against No. 19 Richmond and an 18 point performance against Iowa State. Big man Derek Culver is coming into today averaging a strong 14.4 points per game and 11 rebounds.
The No. 3 Jayhawks are coming in with already having four top-20 matchups; No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 20 Kentucky, No. 8 Creighton and No. 14 Texas Tech. They are 3-1 in those games with their only loss coming against the Zags 102-90. In the other three games, they’ve won by a combined five points! Kansas has been on the winning side in their last seven games averaging 78.6 points per game.
Ochai Agbaji leads the Jayhawks with 15.3 points per game, and is fresh off a 23-point performance against Texas Tech. Freshman forward Jalen Wilson comes in averaging 14.3 points and eight rebounds per game.
Tip-off is @ 9:00p.m. on ESPN2