Date: Monday, February 5, 2018
Tip-off: 9:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.
Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Tony Caridi & Jay Jacobs)
TV stream: ESPN (Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla and Holly Rowe)
Projected West Virginia Lineup
Projected Oklahoma Lineup
Why West Virginia Will Win
The Mountaineers bounced back from their worst defensive performance of the season with an 89-51 pounding of Kansas State on Saturday. After weeks of struggling to make shots and suffocate teams with their pressure defense, things went WVU’s way. Despite being hit by the flu bug, the Mountaineers jumped out to an early lead and remained in the driver’s seat the entire game. WVU dominated in the paint with a 26-8 edge. The Mountaineers forced 15 turnovers. On Saturday, the Sooners dropped a close one to Texas on the road. Oklahoma has lost four of their last six games and is looking for revenge for the 89-76 loss to WVU last month. Freshman phenom Trae Young played the entire game against the Longhorns, scoring 19 points and dishing out 14 assists. However, he was just 7 of 22 from the field and 2 of 14 from behind the 3-point line. The Mountaineers got away from their signature press much of the game against the Wildcats to spare their ailing players. Despite being in the hospital earlier in the week, Beetle Bolden scored 13 points. Daxter Miles Jr. returned to the lineup after missing Wednesday’s game against Iowa State. But it was sophomore Sagaba Konate who shined for WVU on Saturday. The sophomore scored 19 points and grabbed nine boards. Last time the two teams met, the Mountaineers did a good job limiting Young’s damage and they will need a repeat of that on Monday. The Sooners are 11-0 at home this season. WVU and Oklahoma are tied for third in the Big 12 with a chance at the Big 12 title still within reach for both teams.
West Virginia 84, Oklahoma 81
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS