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GAME THREAD: No. 14 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners — Preview, pre-game updates, TV info, and more

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Join us in the comments as the Mountaineers welcome the Sooners into the Coliseum for another top 15 matchup

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WHEN/WHERE

Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021

Tip-Off Time: 1:00 PM ET

Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia

WVU Basketball | Photo taken by Katie MacCrory


WATCH/LISTEN

Channel: Big 12 Now on ESPN+

Announce Team: Mark Neely and Chris Spatola

Online Streaming: ONLY AVAILABLE AT ESPN+

How to use ESPN+: ESPN+ is pretty easy to tune into, because it’s built off the back of ESPN’s already existing WatchESPN/ESPN3 system.

Specifically, once you’ve signed up for your ESPN+ account, you can tune into ESPN+ on your web browser by heading to espn.com/watch

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Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Online Stream | Radio Affiliates) | Sirius 138, XM 199

Radio Announcers: Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs

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LISTEN LIVE


ODDS

Spread: West Virginia -3
O/U: 146


THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Norman, Oklahoma

Series History:

  • 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)

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma at Baylor Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


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


PREGAME READING & UPDATES

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