Thursday, October 27, 2016

WVU looks to avoid third straight loss to Oklahoma

KANSAS CITY, Mo.- WVU recorded a new team-high point total in Big 12 Championship play with 86 in their Thursday night match-up.

Following the WVU game, Oklahoma had a slight scare after only beating Iowa State 79-76.

But the semifinal pairing was set.

The West Virginia Mountaineers will take on the Oklahoma Sooners around 9 p.m. (ET) today after the Baylor, Kansas game. It will be televised on ESPN2.

In the first meeting of the season between WVU and then-No.2 Oklahoma the Sooners barely held on to beat West Virginia on their home court 70-68. Going 13-of-22 from the free throw line and turning the ball over 16 times, kept WVU from being able to beat the No.1 and No.2 teams consecutively.

Devin Williams warms up before the match-up in Oklahoma. (Photo credit Jeff Ruff).

When Oklahoma came to the Coliseum, guard Daxter Miles Jr.  missed his second straight game due to a hamstring injury, and Oklahoma took away the 76-62 victory.

The Mountaineers will look to avoid a third straight loss to the Sooners. Even with a fully healthy team, the odds are slightly stacked against WVU after losing three times last year to Baylor.


Jonathan Holton (1) and Jaysean Paige (5) defend OU’s Ryan Spangler (00) at the Coliseum. (Photo credit Shanna Rose, BGS)


However if the WVU season says anything, they will not go down without a fight.

In the post game press conference, after beating TCU for the third straight time, 86-66, Huggins talked about his message going into the post season.

“Well, I told them before the season started to get together, sit down and write what their goals were,” Huggins said. “One of their goals was to win the league championship, which we fell short. And then they wanted to win the tournament championship and go to the NCAA and continue to advance from there.”

Huggins believes he can’t make their goals for them.

“I just try to help them do what they do, you know. It doesn’t do me any good to say here’s our goals when they’re not bought in. So I am just trying to help them,” Huggins said.

With a win tonight over the Sooners, WVU could get a higher seed for the NCAA tournament, and continue to make their goals come true.

WVU looks to continue to exceed expectations and make history. With a win tonight, the Mountaineers would face the winner of the 7 p.m. game, Kansas and Baylor, in the Big 12 tournament championship game on Saturday.





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