KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Mountaineers goals keep living on after defeating Oklahoma last night in the Big 12 championship semifinals.
Jonathan Holton missed his first free throw and made his second which allowed the Sooners to take the ball out of bounds and get their offense set up for the 1.8 seconds on the clock.
They put the ball in the hands of none other than Buddy Hield who heaved up a three from mid-court that bounced off the backboard and went in to give them a win… for a second.
The referees went to the monitor and waived off the shot to give WVU the 69-67 win.
Kansas had some trouble with Baylor in the first half of their game, but they ultimately found themselves regaining control after the half. Baylor made a slight push, but it wasn’t enough. Kansas won 70-66.
The Big 12 post-season championship comes down to the top two teams tonight. West Virginia (26-7) and Kansas (29-4).
On a very snowy night in Morgantown, WVU defeated Kansas in their first regular season meeting, 74-63.
However, the Mountaineers were unable to finish in Lawrence, losing 75-65.
For the second time this season, West Virginia will have to faced two top teams in the nation back to back.
“We’re just playing to win,” head coach Bob Huggins said in response to what he is going to tell his team heading into tonight’s match. “I think this group is as competitive as just about any group that I’ve ever had, and that takes in a whole bunch of people. I just want them to do what they want to do, just go compete and play as hard as we can possibly play, and hopefully play well.”
Tip-off tonight is at 6 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.