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West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Kansas Jayhawks Preview: Season 108 Episode 26 - The One At The Phog

WVU has one day off before heading to Allen Fieldhouse to take on Kansas

NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Kansas John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

OPENING THOUGHTS

Welp. Here we go again...

After a solid win against Kansas State, West Virginia has a quick turnaround before taking on blue blood Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse.

In four attempts, the Mountaineers have not won there.

This long stretch of trouble with a certain venue is similar to another in recent history.

The Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh.

From 2005 to 2011, WVU could never win here. Even when they went to the Final Four, Pitt still beat them.

This streak is way worse in my opinion. Because Pitt. I’d rather lose to Kansas twelve times than lose to Pitt once.

In February 2012 (the last meeting between the two schools), the Mountaineers finally beat Pitt 66-48.

Surely we have the potential to bring back that magic in Lawrence tonight.

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Monday, February 13th

Tip-Off Time: 9:00 PM ET/8:00 PM CT

Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

NCAA Basketball: Texas at Kansas Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Tickets: General Public SOLD OUT

WATCH/LISTEN

TV: ESPN

Streaming Video: WatchESPN (or the WatchESPN app for smartphones)

Radio: WZST Variety 101 (100.9 FM in Morgantown) or the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates)

Streaming Audio: Locate the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG on TuneIn Radio (or the TuneIn Radio app for smartphones)

Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 199

ODDS

Spread: Kansas by 4.5

O/U: 158.5

BIG 12 BRACKETOLOGY

SEED FIRST ROUND (MAR. 8) QUARTERFINALS (MAR. 9) SEMIFINALS (MAR. 10) CHAMPIONSHIP (MAR. 11)
SEED FIRST ROUND (MAR. 8) QUARTERFINALS (MAR. 9) SEMIFINALS (MAR. 10) CHAMPIONSHIP (MAR. 11)
3 BYE Kansas State Baylor/Oklahoma State/Oklahoma Kansas/Iowa St/TCU/Texas/TX Tech

NCAA BRACKETOLOGY

MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
ESPN (Feb. 10) 4 Monmouth South Carolina/Indiana-Tenn Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) San Jose, Calif. (Mar. 23 & 25)
CBS (Feb. 11) 4 Monmouth Cincinnat/UNC Wilmington Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) San Jose, Calif. (Mar. 23 & 25)
NBC (Feb. 9) 3 Winthrop Notre Dame/Wichita-Marquette Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) New York (Mar 24 & 26)
SB Nation (Feb. 7) 5 UNC Wilmington Florida/Vermont Orlando, Fla. (Mar. 16 & 18) New York (Mar 24 & 26)

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Lawrence, Kansas

Series History: Kansas leads the series 6-4

Last Time: No. 18 West Virginia 85, No. 2 Kansas 69 on January 24 in Morgantown

SB Nation: Rock Chalk Talk

Record: 22-3 (10-2 Big 12)

Bracketology:

MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
ESPN (Feb. 10) 1 UC Davis/Texas Southern Dayton/Wichita State Tulsa, Okla. (Mar. 17 & 19) Kansas City, Mo. (Mar. 23 & 25)
CBS (Feb. 11) 1 New Orleans/NC Central Virginia Tech/VCU Tulsa, Okla. (Mar. 17 & 19) Kansas City, Mo. (Mar. 23 & 25)
NBC (Feb. 9) 1 Weber State/UC Davis Syracuse/Minnesota Tulsa, Okla. (Mar. 17 & 19) Kansas City, Mo. (Mar. 23 & 25)
SB Nation (Feb. 7) 1 Sam Houston State Northwestern/Virginia Tech Tulsa, Okla. (Mar. 17 & 19) Kansas City, Mo. (Mar. 23 & 25)

Head Coach: Bill Self

NCAA Basketball: Kansas at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

KEYS TO THE GAME

  • Limit turnovers. The Mountaineers had 18 turnovers against Kansas State on Saturday, and that was at home. That won’t fly in Lawrence.
  • Josh Jackson. He was the main guy for the Jayhawks against Texas Tech with 31 points, 11 assists. WVU needs to contain him if they want to win.

HOW AFRAID SHOULD WE BE (ON A SCALE OF 1-10)?

Ten. I’m as afraid of Kansas as I would be about lighting a match while this guy is doing sit ups.

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

I am cautiously optimistic that WVU will win today. LET’S GO MOUNTAINEERS!!

West Virginia 78, Kansas 76