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Battered West Virginia Limps Into Kansas To Take On No. 14 Jayhawks

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Somehow, this will be the year we win in Lawrence.

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

Oh, good, another game.

In their first game in the post-Esa Ahmad era, the West Virginia Mountaineers (10-14, 2-9 Big 12) travel to Lawrence, Kansas this afternoon to take on the No. 14 ranked Kansas Jayhawks (19-6. 8-4 Big 12).

The last meeting between these two teams ended with a last second bucket by Jermaine Haley to give the Mountaineers a one point win in Morgantown, one of their only two conference wins this season. Can West Virginia perform a miracle and do it again in Lawrence? Doubtful, but if this is the year we get a win in Kansas, we’re claiming a National Championship and there’s nothing the NCAA can do to stop us.

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Saturday, February 16th

Tip-Off Time: 4:00PM EST

Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas

NCAA Basketball: UMKC at Kansas Denny Medley-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)

Satellite Radio: XM 381

ODDS

Spread: Kansas -14

O/U: 146.5

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Lawrence, Kansas

Series History: Kansas leads the series, 10-5. The Mountaineers are 0-6 all-time against Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse.

Last Time: West Virginia 65, No. 7 Kansas 64 on January 19, 2019 in Morgantown, West Virginia

SB Nation Blog: Rock Chalk Talk

Record: 19-6 (8-4 Big 12)

Record in 2017-18: 31-8 (13-5 Big 12)

Head Coach: Bill Self (16th Season)

NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Texas Christian Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

PROBABLE STARTERS

Based on previous game’s starters

West Virginia

No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Class Stats
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Class Stats
15 Lamont West F 6-8 222 Jr. 9.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg
1 Derek Culver F 6-10 255 Fr. 11.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg
14 Chase Harler G 6-3 210 Jr. 4.7 ppg, 1.1 rpg
10 Jermaine Haley G 6-7 215 Jr. 3.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg
2 Brandon Knapper G 6-0 180 r-Fr. 5.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg

Kansas

No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Class Stats
No. Name Pos Ht. Wt. Class Stats
1 Dedric Lawson F 6-9 235 Jr. 19.4 ppg, 10.6 rpg
33 David McCormack F 6-10 265 Fr. 1.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg
5 Quentin Grimes G 6-5 210 Fr. 7.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg
11 Devon Dotson G 6-2 185 Fr. 12.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg
30 Ochai Agbaji G 6-5 210 Fr. 10.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg

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

Ten. This will remain at Threat Level Midnight throughout the remainder of the season. Pray for the least embarrassing outcome possible at this point.

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

Hooo boy, this is going to be bad.

Kansas 76, West Virginia 50