NORMAN, Okla.–On Wednesday, No. 13 West Virginia thumped Iowa State but they did it in a rather sloppy manner.
The Mountaineers (18-4, 6-3 Big 12) turned the ball over 19 times in the win, which left head coach Bob Huggins not pleased.
“We were headed in a direction I thought was going to make us a pretty good team and then we come out … and turn the ball over 19 times,” Huggins said.
Free throw woes also plagued WVU as it has done much of the season. The Mountaineers were 12-of-24 from the charity stripe.
In Wednesday’s win, senior Chase Harler continued to play well. He tallied a season-high 14 points. However, it’s Harler’s grit and defense that has been clutch for Huggins’ squad all season.
“Chase is one guy you can depend on to do the right thing, be in the right place,” Huggins said.
If those two issues continue on Saturday, it could prove deadly for WVU as they take on a tough Oklahoma squad.
The Sooners (14-8, 4-5) are battling to get into the NCAA Tournament and are hungry for some quality wins.
Oklahoma is coming off a 69-61 road loss to Texas Tech. The Sooners led the Red Raiders most of the game before Texas Tech took control in the final minutes.
Brady Manek (16.0 points, 6.4 rebounds) scored 19 points and Austin Reaves (14.6 points) dropped 16. Kristian Doolittle (14.1 points, 9.0 rebounds) had eight points and 11 boards in the loss.
Oklahoma’s past three losses have come by eight or fewer points.
The Sooners have been strong at home, though, going 9-1 in Norman. Their only loss came to Kansas, 66-52, on Jan. 14. All of WVU’s losses this season come on the road.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS