Date: Monday, January 15th, 2018
Tip-Off Time: 9:00 PM ET
Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, “Almost Heaven” West Virginia
Streaming Video: WatchESPN
Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates)
Streaming Audio: Locate the Mountaineers Sports Network from IMG on TuneIn Radio (or the TuneIn app for smartphones)
Spread: West Virginia -4.5
Where are they from? Lawrence, Kansas
Series History: Kansas leads the all-time series 7-4
Last Time: No. 9 West Virginia 80, No. 3 Kansas 84 on February 13, 2017 in Lawrence
SB Nation Blog: Rock Chalk Talk
Record: 14-3 (4-1 Big 12)
Record in 2016-17: 31-5 (16-2 Big 12); Lost to Oregon in Elite 8
Head Coach: Bill Self (15th Season)
KEYS TO THE GAME
- Stay out of foul trouble. This one isn’t entirely in West Virginia’s hands, as we saw with the outrageous display of officiating against Texas Tech, but the Mountaineers will need to do whatever they can to keep Kansas away from the free throw line. Texas Tech beat West Virginia at the charity stripe, we cant let Kansas follow that blueprint.
- Rebounding. The Jayhawks rank 153rd in rebounds per game. West Virginia is 40th in the country. If the Mountaineers can take control the boards, they’ll control the game.
HOW AFRAID SHOULD WE BE (ON A SCALE OF 1-10)?
Eight. The only reason I didnt go with a ten here is that West Virginia owns Kansas in Morgantown. The Mountaineers are in a tough spot, as they’ll have to look past Saturday’s loss at Texas Tech and the controversy that followed.
PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG
West Virginia bounces back and extends Kansas’ winless streak in Morgantown to five games.
West Virginia 81, Kansas 75