WVU Men’s Basketball: What’s At Stake This Week

Coach Huggins and team pursue post-season play this week with two big games. - Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Big 12 conference tournament seeding and a post-season bid both ride on the Mountaineers performance this week. Here’s a quick rundown on what’s at stake.

Bob Huggins team has two very important games remaining on the regular season schedule.  WVU plays Oklahoma in Norman on Wednesday night, then returns to Morgantown to face Kansas on Saturday afternoon.

Big 12 conference tournament seeding and a post-season bid both ride on the Mountaineers performance this week.  Here's a quick rundown on what's at stake:

WVU wins both games to finish 18-13, 10-8 in Big 12 play:

If this happens, WVU would most likely be seeded sixth going into Kansas City.  This is because of tiebreaker rules.  Kansas State takes the tiebreaker because they beat Texas (WVU did not).  The Mountaineers would play Oklahoma in the conference tournament quarterfinals.  Big 12 standings would most likely look like this based upon the following assumptions:

Team

Overall

Big 12

assumptions

1

Kansas

23-8

14-4

win over Tech and loss at WVU

2

Texas

23-8

12-6

wins over TCU and at Tech

3

Oklahoma

22-9

11-7

loss to WVU and win at TCU

4

Iowa State

23-7

11-7

loss at Baylor and win vs Oklahoma State

5

Kansas State

20-11

10-8

win over Baylor

6

WVU

18-13

10-8

wins at Oklahoma and over Kansas

7

Baylor

20-11

8-10

win over Iowa State and loss at Kansas State

8

Oklahoma State

20-11

8-10

loss at Iowa State

9

Texas Tech

13-18

5-13

losses at Kansas and against Texas

10

TCU

9-21

0-18

losses at Texas and against Oklahoma

WVU defeats Kansas (but loses to Oklahoma) to finish 17-14, 9-9 in Big 12 play:

If this happens, WVU would most likely still be seeded sixth, but would play Texas in Kansas City.  Oklahoma takes second place from Texas due to their head to head victories.  Big 12 standings would most likely look like this:

Team

Overall

Big 12

assumptions

1

Kansas

23-8

14-4

win over Tech and loss at WVU

2

Oklahoma

23-8

12-6

wins over WVU and at TCU

3

Texas

23-8

12-6

wins over TCU and at Tech

4

Iowa State

23-7

11-7

loss at Baylor and win vs Oklahoma State

5

Kansas State

20-11

10-8

win over Baylor

6

WVU

17-14

9-9

loss at Oklahoma and win over Kansas

7

Baylor

20-11

8-10

win over Iowa State and loss at Kansas State

8

Oklahoma State

20-11

8-10

loss at Iowa State

9

Texas Tech

13-18

5-13

losses at Kansas and against Texas

10

TCU

9-21

0-18

losses at Texas and against Oklahoma

WVU defeats Oklahoma (but loses to Kansas) to finish 17-14, 9-9 in Big 12 play:

If this happens, WVU would most likely still be seeded sixth and still play the Sooners in Kansas City.  Big 12 standings would most likely look like this:

Team

Overall

Big 12

assumptions

1

Kansas

24-7

15-3

wins over Tech and at WVU

2

Texas

23-8

12-6

wins over TCU and at Tech

3

Oklahoma

22-9

11-7

loss to WVU and win at TCU

4

Iowa State

23-7

11-7

loss at Baylor and win vs Oklahoma State

5

Kansas State

20-11

10-8

win over Baylor

6

WVU

17-14

9-9

win at Oklahoma and loss to Kansas

7

Baylor

20-11

8-10

win over Iowa State and loss at Kansas State

8

Oklahoma State

20-11

8-10

loss at Iowa State

9

Texas Tech

13-18

5-13

losses at Kansas and against Texas

10

TCU

9-21

0-18

losses at Texas and against Oklahoma

WVU loses both games to finish 16-15, 8-10 in Big 12 play:

If this scenario occurs, WVU drops to eighth place and plays Texas Tech in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament.  WVU drops to eighth place because of its record against both Oklahoma State (two heartbreaking losses) and Baylor (WVU went 1-1).  Big 12 standings would most likely look like this:

Team

Overall

Big 12

assumptions

1

Kansas

24-7

15-3

wins over Tech and at WVU

2

Oklahoma

23-8

12-6

wins over WVU and at TCU

3

Texas

23-8

12-6

wins over TCU and at Tech

4

Iowa State

23-7

11-7

loss at Baylor and win vs Oklahoma State

5

Kansas State

20-11

10-8

win over Baylor

6

Baylor

20-11

8-10

win over Iowa State and loss at Kansas State

7

Oklahoma State

20-11

8-10

loss at Iowa State

8

WVU

16-15

8-10

losses at Oklahoma and versus Kansas

9

Texas Tech

13-18

5-13

losses at Kansas and against Texas

10

TCU

9-21

0-18

losses at Texas and against Oklahoma

WVU played Tech last season in Kansas City, losing to the Red Raiders 71-69 on a last second tip in of a missed three point attempt.

Obviously, the best case scenario would be for WVU to win both games this week, setting up a shootout against the Sooners in Kansas City.  WVU defeated Oklahoma in overtime earlier this season in Morgantown, 91-86.  WVU was also very much in the game at Kansas before eventually falling 83-69.  At 18-13, WVU would definitely be a top three seed in the NIT.  A third victory over Oklahoma (very difficult to beat a team three consecutive times in a season) would again put WVU in the NCAA bubble conversation.

WVU most likely needs 17 victories to make the NIT, so a win this week or against Tech in Kansas City is essential to attain a post-season invitation.

Additionally, Mountaineer Nation needs to root for Iowa State and Kansas State, while rooting against Oklahoma State and Baylor.  The Cowboys need to lose at Iowa State for WVU to remain ahead of them.  It would benefit WVU greatly for Baylor to lose its last two games against Iowa State and at Kansas State.  If both Oklahoma State and Baylor win out, then WVU must win both of its games this week to stay ahead of them.

March Madness...gotta love it.

As always...Let's Go, Mountaineers!

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