Lazy passes are a problem, because they lead to turnovers. Turnovers lead to losses. Combine lazy passes, 19 turnovers and one of the worst second half performances of the season and you roll over and hand Kansas their third win in the Coliseum.
West Virginia began the evening battling back and forth with Kansas, trading leads and ties, eventually building a 9 point advantage late in the first half. At the half the Mountaineers held a six point advantage. On January 4, WVU held a six point advantage in Lawrence before collapsing in the second half.
The Mountaineers did nothing in the second half to erase that feeling of de ja vu. Isaiah Moss his a triple to give Kansas the 52-49 lead with 4:50 to go in the game. Not only would Kansas go on to win, West Virginia would not score a single point in the last 5:07 of regulation.
Final score - WVU 49, Kansas 58.
Stats The Matter
- The Mountaineers proved once again the rebounding advantage was not enough. They out-rebounded Kansas 38-27 overall and 15-4 on the offensive glass and still was not able to squeeze and extra 10 points out of that advantage to win the game.
- Turnovers woes are as common as rebounding advantages for WVU. The Mountaineers committed 19 turnovers, several of which came in an awful sequence of possessions with about six minutes to go.
- WVU’s offensive ineptitude continued as they shot just 23% from outside and 31% from the floor.
West Virginia returns to action on the road at Baylor, Saturday at 4pm.