I don’t want to see anyone question any college athlete’s toughness ever again, after seeing the Mountaineers fight through the flu on Saturday to completely dominate Kansas State. I woke up in the middle of the night with sick as a dog, and I can barely stand sitting in front of a computer to write this preview. I can’t even imagine how terrible the guys felt while they were on the court.
But now here we are. The Rematch. Carter vs. Young II. Do we see Teddy Buckets make an impact like he did in the game in Morgantown? What does the starting lineup look like now that everyone is hopefully over the Black Plague? Will I be able to remain conscious for a 9:00PM game?
Date: Monday, February 5th
Tip-Off Time: 9:00 PM ET
Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Oklahoma
Tickets: General Public
Streaming Video: WatchESPN (or the WatchESPN app for smartphones)
Radio: WZST Variety 101 (100.9 FM in Morgantown) and the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates)
Streaming Audio: Locate the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG on TuneIn Radio (or the TuneIn app for smartphones)
Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 84
Spread: Oklahoma -2
Where are they from? Norman, Oklahoma
Series History: Oklahoma leads the series 9-6
Last Time: No. 6 West Virginia Mountaineers 89, No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners 76 on January 6, 2018 in Morgantown
SB Nation Blog: Crimson and Cream Machine
Record: 16-6 (6-4 Big 12)
2016-2017 Record: 11-20 (5-13 Big 12)
Head Coach: Lon Kruger (7th Season)
HOW AFRAID SHOULD WE BE (ON A SCALE OF 1-10)?
Ten. One doesn’t simply march into Norman, Oklahoma and dominate the Sooners. While they’ve also been on a bit of a slump, they will be prepared to defend their home court against the team that beat them a month ago.
PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG
West Virginia plays another great 40 minutes of basketball, and nails a buzzer beater to sweep the series and take sole ownership of 3rd in the Big 12 conference, behind Kansas and Texas Tech.
West Virginia 76, Oklahoma 73