Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021
Tip-Off Time: 1:00 PM ET
Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia
Channel: Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Announce Team: Mark Neely and Chris Spatola
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Spread: West Virginia -3
Where are they from? Norman, Oklahoma
- Oklahoma has won the last three meetings in the series to take a 13-9 advantage in series play.
- In Norman on Jan. 2 this year, WVU erased an 18-point second half deficit but OU prevailed, 75-71. The Sooners have won four of the last five meetings in the series, but WVU has won five of the last nine.
- The Mountaineers are 4-4 against Oklahoma in the WVU Coliseum. Last year, the Sooners came away with a 73-62 victory on Feb. 29, 2020.
Record: 12-5 (7-4 Big 12)
Record in 2019-20: 19-12 (9-9 Big 12)
Head Coach: Lon Kruger (10th Season)
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP:
West Virginia Mountaineers: Jalen Bridges, Derek Culver, Jordan McCabe, Taz Sherman, and Miles McBride
Oklahoma Sooners: Brady Manek, Umoja Gibson, De’Vion Harmon, Austin Reaves, and Elijah Harkless
STATS BREAKDOWN VIA JOEL BRACKEN (@WVSTATSGUY)
PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG
First of all, I just want to say that it should be criminal to have the premier game in the Big 12 and maybe of the entire day behind a paywall. With that said, onto the prediction...
The last time these two teams played, we saw West Virginia explode in the second half for 51 points and still come up short to the Sooners. That’s not going to be the case today. As I said in my Texas Tech prediction on Tuesday, this team is really hitting their stride at the perfect time. It wouldn’t surprise me if this one turns into a double-digit win for the Mountaineers, but I’ll hedge my bet a bit.
West Virginia leads for all but a handful of minutes today. McBride and Culver look stellar once again, but it’s Jalen Bridges that will be the next Mountaineer to turn in a career high performance.
West Virginia 78, Oklahoma 73
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