Game Day Vitals
- #10 West Virginia Mountaineers (14-4, Big 12 8-2, NCAA RPI 10) @ #6 Kansas Jayhawks (19-4, Big 12 7-3, NCAA RPI 6)
- Location: Phog Allen Fieldhouse (Capacity: 16,300) Lawrence, Kansas
- Series Record: Kansas leads series 4-3
- Last meeting: WVU 74 - Kansas 63, WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, WV, January 12th, 2016
- Vegas Lines: WVU (+7.0), O/U: 150.0
- Date: Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016, 7:00 pm EST
- Television: ESPN2
- Online Streaming: WatchESPN
- Radio Affiliates
- #6 Kansas Jayhawks (19-4, Big 12 7-3, NCAA RPI 6)
- Head Coach - Bill Self, 13th year with KU, 578-187 career (.755)
- Last Result - Victory in Fort Worth vs. TCU W 75-56
- Official Jayhawks Athletics website
- SBN Kansas blog - Rock Chalk Talk
I don't care how many times I do this in a row. As long as I'm writing the previews, this will always be my go-to for KU:
Beating the hell out of Baylor isn't something that West Virginia basketball has gotten to enjoy very many times since joining the Big 12, but Saturday night was a fun one. Being first in the conference isn't too bad either, but they don't give out trophies in February and the Mountaineers know that. While (PROBABLY) going into Lawrence shorthanded would normally spell doom for any other ball club, Huggins says that his squad are unafraid of the hallowed ground of the Phog Allen Fieldhouse. Eleven consecutive Big 12 championships? A capacity of 16,300?
Yes, Kansas is good. Perry Ellis is good. Devonte' Graham is good. Frank Mason with his perpetual pushoffs is good. While KU having four conference losses this early in February isn't normal, they look to have their confidence boost after their OT win against Kentucky two weeks ago. Bill Self's team has bulldozed over K-State and TCU since then and West Virginia very well may be catching them at the wrong time. Vegas seems to think so with that spread, but Devin Williams and, weirdly enough, Nate Adrian are slowly starting to hit their stride right now. Jaysean Paige continues to be hot from outside and Daxter Miles, Jr. decided to go 80% from deep against Baylor on Saturday night. If the Mountaineers can bring those hot hands into Lawrence, they have a legitimate shot at sweeping the Jayhawks in regular season play. This one is going to be a helluva watch and I don't even want to give a prediction other than the usual.
Fugg it. Let's go win this damn thing.
WVU 74 - Kansas 72