West Virginia (9-10, 2-4) looks to shock the nation as they welcome Kansas (18-1, 6-0) to Morgantown this evening. The Jayhawks are ranked No. 1 in the Coaches Poll and No. 2 in the Associated Pres standings. They're the highest rated team to visit the Coliseum since UCLA in 2007 - a game the Mountaineers won, 70-65.
The game is set for a 9:00PM ET tip and will be shown on ESPN.
Here are three keys to a Mountaineer victory today.
1. Speaking of UCLA.... - There were two keys to that game. First, the Mountaineers pressured the ball for the entire forty minutes, forcing the Bruins into 15 turnovers to WVU's seven. Second, they honed in on leading scorer Russell Westbrook (yes, that Russell Westbrook) and forced him into plenty of bad shots. The NBA All-Star guard went 1-of-11 from the field that day with more fouls (five) than points (four).
2. Speaking of a star shooting guard.... - The Mountaineers will need to focus on leading scorer Ben McLemore, who is averaging 16.2 points while shooting 51.0% from the floor and 45.6% from beyond the arc. If there is any semblance of an opening, the freshman sharpshooter will take the shot and, more often than not, make it. West Virginia's guards will make it their top priority to keep McLemore from getting easy baskets.
3. Speaking of easy baskets.... - West Virginia will need to find them. The Mountaineers are already one of the worst shooting teams in the entire country, ranking 315th in Division I at 39.5% from the floor. Meanwhile, the Jayhawks lead the entire nation in field-goal percentage defense, allowing their opponents to shoot only 34.9%. For Bob Huggins and company to pull out the win, they will need to get points in other fashions - from the free throw line, putbacks off of misses and fast break points off turnovers.
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