Date: Monday, January 15, 2017
Tip-off: 9:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Coliseum, Morgantown, W. Va.
Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Tony Caridi & Jay Jacobs)
TV stream: ESPN (Bob Wischusen, Jay Bilas and Holly Rowe)
Projected West Virginia Lineup
Daxter Miles Jr.
Projected Kansas Lineup
Why West Virginia Will Win
Kansas has suffered the unfortunate fate of being on the losing end each of its last four trips to Morgantown and the Mountaineers are looking to hand the Jayhawks their fifth consecutive loss at the Coliseum. WVU had its 15-game winning streak snapped on Saturday at Texas Tech and aren’t happy. However, the Mountaineers got Esa Ahmad back. In his first game of the season, the 6-foot-8, 230-pound junior came off the bench and scored 18 points. He grabbed six rebounds. Jevon Carter (16.8 points, 6.5 assists) scored 28 points in WVU’s loss to the Red Raiders. Outside of him and Ahmad, the Mountaineers lacked contributions elsewhere. Head Coach Bob Huggins criticized his players for inflated egos after the game. “We’ve got guys with inflated self-worth,” he said. “They think they’re better than what they are.” Kansas is led by veteran guard Devonte’ Graham (18.4 points, 7.4 assists). The senior is one of the league’s top playmakers. Svi Mykhailiuk (16.5 points) is second in scoring. Lagerald Vick (14.9 points, Udoka Azubuike (14.8 points, 7.7 rebounds) and Malik Newman (10.7 points round out the Jayhawks’ starters. WVU will need a big game from senior Daxter Miles Jr. (13.2 points). Sophomore Sagaba Konate (8.9 points, 7.8 rebounds had dominated inside in the Mountaineers’ wins over Oklahoma and Baylor and WVU will need more of that from their big man. He is second in the Big 12 with 2.9 blocks per game. Lamont West (12.3 points) was quiet on Saturday but could be a factor against Kansas. Typically when Huggins calls out his players, they respond.
West Virginia 84, Kansas 78