Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Tip-off: 6:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri
Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Tony Caridi & Jay Jacobs)
TV stream: ESPN (Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla and Holly Rowe)
Projected West Virginia Lineup
Daxter Miles Jr.
Projected Kansas Lineup
Why West Virginia Will Win
The Mountaineers are back in the Big 12 Championship Game for the third time in three years. However, WVU found itself finishing second the last two years. But the Mountaineers are bound and determined to go out on top this go around. WVU has a score to settle with its opponent this year. Two times this season, the Mountaineers blew leads and fell in close games to Kansas. In Lawrence, the Jayhawks defeated WVU 77-69 in that controversial game that fans won’t forget where the Mountaineers were whistled for 35 fouls and Kansas just two. The Jayhawks topped Kansas State 83-67 in the Big 12 Championship semifinal on Friday. While Kansas pulled away in the end, the Wildcats rallied from 13 points behind and pulled within two. The Jayhawks will once again be without the assistance of center Udoka Azubuike, who has been sidelined with an MCL sprain. Mitch Lightfoot has filled in for Azubuike the last two games. He has registered eight points in both starts. Freshman forward Silvio DeSousa grabbed 11 rebounds against Kansas State. Senior point guard Devonte Graham (17.3 points) is the face of Kansas. He only made 3-of-11 from the field on Friday but don’t expect Graham to have an off night two games in a row. Senior Svi Mykhailiuk averaged 15.1 points. Malik Newman (12.9 points) and Lagerald Vick (12.1 points) round out the starting five. WVU is coming off a 66-63 win over Texas Tech. A red-hot Daxter Miles Jr. led the Mountaineers. He scored 22 points and was 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. In Thursday’s victory over Baylor, the senior tallied 19 points on 5-of-6 shooting from long range. Jevon Carter chipped in 17 points against the Red Raiders. Sophomore Wesley Harris contributed seven points and seven rebounds in a solid effort. Sophomore Sagaba Konate had 11 points and three blocks. Fans may remember Konate’s block party the last time the Jayhawks were in Morgantown this season.
West Virginia 74, Kansas 71