Date: Saturday, January 2, 2021
Tip-Off Time: 4:00 PM ET
Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Oklahoma
Channel: ESPN2; DirecTV 209, DISH 143
Announce Team: Ted Emrich and Bryndon Manzer
Online Streaming: WatchESPN, with a valid cable subscription
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Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Online Stream | Radio Affiliates) | Sirius 83, XM 83
Radio Announcers: Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs
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Spread: Oklahoma -2
Where are they from? Norman, Oklahoma
Series History: Oklahoma swept both meetings last season to take a 12-9 advantage in series play. The Sooners have won two in row in the series and three of the last four meetings, but the Mountaineers have won five of the last eight meetings. West Virginia is 2-6 all-time at the Lloyd Noble Center. Since WVU joined the Big 12, the Mountaineers are 8-11 against Oklahoma. The first meeting took place on Dec. 22, 2005, a 92-68 win over the No.-7 ranked Sooners in Oklahoma City
Record: 5-2 (1-1 Big 12)
Record in 2019-20: 19-12 (9-9 Big 12)
Head Coach: Lon Kruger (10th Season)
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP:
West Virginia Mountaineers: Emmitt Matthews Jr, To Be Determined, Derek Culver, Sean McNeil, and Miles McBride
Oklahoma Sooners: Brady Manek, Kur Kuath, Austin Reaves, De’Vion Harmon, and Alondes Williams
STATS BREAKDOWN VIA JOEL BRACKEN (@WVSTATSGUY)
PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG
My gut says West Virginia plays with some fire and absolutely buzzsaws the Sooners today, but I’m not sure if that’s just blind optimism from being pissed off about the entire Oscar Tshibwe thing. I do think the Mountaineers look different than we’ve seen them at any point this season now that they’re not trying to appease a struggling five-star forward. It feels like Huggins was somewhat handcuffed, but is now free to do what he wants.
Jalen Bridges steps up in a big way, and the Mountaineers pull out a comfortable road win.
West Virginia 74, Oklahoma 68
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