WVU, Oklahoma State preview and prediction

WVU, Oklahoma State preview and prediction

WVU Basketball

WVU, Oklahoma State preview and prediction

Game Info

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Tip-off: 12:00 p.m. ET

Venue: Coliseum, Morgantown, W.Va.

Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Tony Caridi & Jay Jacobs)

TV stream: ESPN (Rich Hollenberg and Fran Fraschilla)

Projected West Virginia Lineup

Jevon Carter

Beetle Bolden

Esa Ahmad

Wesley Harris

Sagaba Konate

Projected Oklahoma State Lineup

Cameron McGriff

Mitchell Solomon

Kendall Smith

Lindy Waters

Jeffrey Carroll

Why West Virginia Will Win

After a trying few weeks, the Mountaineers appear to be back on the winning side of things.  WVU defeated Oklahoma in a thriller on Monday and are now back in the running for the Big 12 Championship. The Mountaineers are looking to sweep the season series against Oklahoma State on Saturday. During WVU’s 85-79 win in Stillwater, Teddy Allen came off the bench and dropped 15 points. However, Jeffrey Carroll and Tavarius Shine each put on a show for the Cowboys, scoring 17 points apiece. Lindy Waters added 13. Oklahoma State proved last week that they could take down the big dawgs in the conference, stunning Kansas with an 84-79 win at the Phog. Guard Kendall Smith scored 24 points and forward Cameron McGriff added 20 points and nine rebounds. But the Cowboys are coming off a 67-56 loss to Baylor earlier in the week. Lamont West broke out of his offensive slump on Monday in the Mountaineers’ win over the Sooners. The sophomore came off the bench and sank five straight 3s and finished with 17 points. Sagaba Konate continues to develop into a bright star. He had 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in Norman. The sophomore forward leads WVU with 73 blocks. Against Oklahoma State he will look to tie John Flowers’ record for second in single season blocks in school history. Esa Ahmad has played better of late. He had 14 points against Oklahoma.  Senior Jevon Carter (16.6 points, 5.0 rebounds) is the heart of the Mountaineers. He leads the country in steals. Fellow Senior Daxter Miles Jr. (12.1 points) will provide a spark off the bench. Beetle Bolden is WVU’s 3-point ace. He has made 56 shots from beyond the arc, including some difficult ones.

Score Prediction

West Virginia 78, Oklahoma State 73

 

Cover Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS

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