Date: Saturday, January 6, 2017
Tip-off: 7:15 p.m. ET
Venue: Coliseum, Morgantown, W. Va.
Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Tony Caridi & Jay Jacobs)
TV stream: ESPN2 (Jon Sciambi and Fran Fraschilla)
Projected West Virginia Lineup
Daxter Miles Jr.
Projected Oklahoma Lineup
Why West Virginia Will Win
Saturday should be an interesting night in Morgantown. It will be a matchup between two Top 10 teams and between the best offensive player in the country and the best defensive player. Trae Young leads the nation not only in scoring (29.4 points per game) but assists (10.6) too. While Carter leads the nation in steals (52). While Young may be the heart of the Sooners, they have other players that can make a team pay. Brady Manek (11.8 points), Christian James (13.0 points) and Khadeem Lattin (7.9 points, 7.3 rebounds) are three players that can light up the basket. Oklahoma has topped 100 points in three of its last four games and leads the nation with an average offensive output of nearly 96 points per game. The Mountaineers will need more than Carter to slow down Young and the Sooners. WVU’s bigs will be challenged. Sagaba Konate (8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds) has shown promise at times. He leads the Mountaineers with 35 blocks but tends to find himself in foul trouble early in games. Wesley Harris (6.8 points, 5.4 rebounds) has been beneficial on the boards. The sophomore leads WVU in offensive rebounds and the Mountaineers will need a big game from him. Daxter Miles Jr. (14.3 points) and Carter (16.6 points) lead WVU in scoring. The best way for the Mountaineers to win is to limit Oklahoma to less shots.
West Virginia 84 , Oklahoma 82