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No. 20 West Virginia and No. 13 Kansas set to clash with Big 12 title hopes on the line

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I’m not saying this is the biggest game of the season, but that’s exactly what I’m saying.

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

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Tip-Off Time: 6:00 PM ET

Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas

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

WATCH/LISTEN

TV: ESPN

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)

ODDS

Spread: Kansas -3.5

O/U: 153

Bracketology

MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
ESPN (Feb. 16) 5 Vermont Tennessee/Buffalo Boise, ID East
CBS (Feb. 16) 5 Butler/Western Kentucky Ohio State/Buffalo Boise, ID Midwest
SB Nation (Feb. 13) 4 Middle Tennessee Tenessee/Louisiana Boise, ID South

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Lawrence, Kansas

Series History: Kansas leads the all-time series 8-4

Last Time: No. 10 Kansas 71, No. 6 West Virginia 66 on January 15, 2018 in Morgantown

SB Nation Blog: Rock Chalk Talk

Record: 20-6 (9-4 Big 12)

Kansas Bracketology

MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
ESPN (Feb. 16) 2 UC Santa Barbara Michigan/Providence Wichita, KS West
CBS (Feb. 16) 2 Montana Florida State/Arkansas Wichita, KS East
SB Nation (Feb. 13) 2 Montana Missouri/Louisville Wichita, KS West

Record in 2016-17: 31-5 (16-2 Big 12); Lost to Oregon in Elite 8

Head Coach: Bill Self (15th Season)

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Kansas Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

KEYS TO THE GAME

  • Play the full 40 minutes. This one should be a no-brainer, but it’s what killed us in Morgantown. The Mountaineers held a 41-28 lead at halftime, but completely gave up on their offense in the second half and allowed Kansas to come roaring back to win the game.
  • GUARD THE CORNER THREE. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk was left wide open and went 3-for-3 from the corner in Morgantown, allowing the Jayhawks to fight their way back into the game. This may be the one detail that has aggravated me the most this season. We HAVE to start guarding the corner three.

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

Ten. While Kansas has given up three of their six losses this season in The Phog, it’s still one of the toughest arenas in college basketball. West Virginia gave up a 14-point lead in less than three minutes there last year. As I said above, we have to play our game for all 40 minutes if we want to pick up our first win in Allen Fieldhouse.

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

The West Virginia Retribution Tour continues. Next stop, Iowa State.

West Virginia 81, Kansas 79