After a thrilling overtime victory in Austin, West Virginia (8-6, 1-1) returns home and welcomes 18th ranked Kansas State (12-2, 1-0) to Morgantown. It will be the conference road opener for Bob Huggins' former team and the second time the two teams have faced since Huggins returned to WVU. The first was a thrilling 85-80 victory for the Mountaineers in Wichita.
Today's game is broadcast on the Big12 Network. For those not in the viewing area of a channel affiliated with the Big12 Network, the game is also available on ESPN3 and WatchESPN apps.
Here are three keys to a Mountaineer victory today
1. Win the Boards, Win the Game - This one is very simple. Kansas State is 12-0 when they win the rebounding battle. They are 0-2 when they do not.
2. Shut Down McGruder, Shut Down K-State - Aside from a couple season opening cupcakes, Rodney McGruder has scored in double digits in every game but two. The first was an eight point (4-of-14 shooting) performance where KSU needed to be perfect from the free throw line late to eke out a victory against Delaware, who is 7-8 in the CAA. The second game was his four point stink bomb in the Wildcats' loss to Gonzaga. It won't be as easy as just saying "go shut him down," though. He's averaging 20 points in his last five games and shooting 45% from deep over his last three games.
3. Stop the Pass, Stop the Streak - Kansas State is one of the best passing teams in the country, ranked 30th in the nation in assists per game. The games with their four lowest assist totals, though, include their four worst games - losses to Michigan (13 assists) and Gonzaga (10), and close calls to George Washington (11) and Missouri-Kansas City (12). So what's "the streak" I'm referring to? Well, West Virginia has lost seven straight games to teams ranked in the Top 25.
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