Date: Friday, December 29, 2017.
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, Okla.
Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Tony Caridi & Jay Jacobs)
TV stream: ESPNU (Lowell Galindo and Bryndon Manzer)
Projected West Virginia Lineup
Daxter Miles Jr.
Projected Oklahoma State Lineup
Why West Virginia Will Win
The Mountaineers open up Big 12 play at Oklahoma State. No game in the conference is a guarantee, especially on the road. WVU will be without the assistance of Esa Ahmad once again. However, the junior is expected to return to the lineup on Jan. 9 against Baylor. Without Ahmad the Mountaineers enter conference play with an 11-1 record. Seniors Jevon Carter (18.2 points, 5.5 rebounds) and Daxter Miles Jr. (14.8 points) lead the way for WVU. Carter leads the nation in steals (44). Wesley Harris has been a defensive asset for the Mountaineers. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound sophomore is one of WVU’s best rebounders. He is averaging 6.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest. Lamont West is a threat from outside. Sagaba Konate leads the Mountaineers with 32 blocks in 11 games. The Cowboys are 10-2 on the young season. Senior Jeffrey Carroll leads them with 15 points and 6.2 boards per game. Senior Kendall Smith averages 11.1 points and Tavarius Shine averages 10.8 points. Oklahoma State relies on eight main players, all averaging at least 7.6 points. Defense has been something the Cowboys have prided themselves in this season. In a win over 24th-ranked Florida State, Oklahoma State forced 22 turnovers. But tough defense is what WVU is known for. They are forcing 20.9 turnovers per game, the third-most in the country. So far, they’ve forced 251 turnovers while allowing just 245 field goals. The fact that the Cowboys rely on eight men could be beneficial for the Mountaineers.
West Virginia 63 , Oklahoma State 56