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West Virginia hoping to break recent trend on Tuesday against Oklahoma State

On Tuesday night, West Virginia (12-2, 1-1 Big 12) will look to break a recent trend as they host Oklahoma State at the WVU Coliseum.

For the past five years when Oklahoma State has played in Morgantown, the Cowboys have defeated the Mountaineers four of the five times. On Tuesday night, the Mountaineers will look to put a stop to that streak and also put a stop to Oklahoma State’s recent momentum.

The Cowboys (8-5, 1-1 Big 12) come in having just defeated No. 14 Texas 64-51. Oklahoma State is led offensively by Avery Anderson. Through 13 games, Anderson is averaging 11.6 points per game and is shooting 42.5% from the field. Anderson is no stranger to West Virginia either as last year when these two teams faced off in Morgantown, Anderson finished with 31 points in their win over the Mountaineers.

Head coach Bob Huggins said Oklahoma State is playing very well and they will just try to guard Anderson the best they can.

“I think they’re playing at a high level right now,” Huggins said of Oklahoma State. “We’re going to try to guard [Anderson], but we’ve never not tried to guard him.”

As for the Mountaineers they will look to get their leading scorer Taz Sherman going again as he missed time last week due to being in COVID-19 protocols. Against Kansas State on Saturday, Sherman played 31 minutes and scored only 14 points, in West Virginia’s 71-68 comeback win.

Huggins said his leading scorer is still fighting his way to get back to where he was pre-COVID.

“Wasn’t very good,” Huggins said on Sherman’s energy level on Saturday. “He gutted his way through it, he wasn’t very good. He was better yesterday.”

Currently, both the Mountaineers and Cowboys rank in the bottom half of the Big 12 in offense and both teams rank in the top half of the conference in opponents turnovers per game.

The Mountaineers and Cowboys are set to tip off at 9 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum and the game will be televised on ESPN2.

Photo by Dale Sparks, All Pro Photography

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