WVU Basketball: Top Team in the Country?

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Tough Loss to Kansas

The WVU basketball team had a tough loss against Kansas over the weekend. WVU had the lead throughout much of the first half before losing 60-53. The Mountaineers were able to hold a team that averages seventy-eight points per game to just sixty. Oscar Tshiebwe muscled seventeen points and seventeen rebounds.

Azubuike and Dotson added thirty-three points for Kansas. The Mountaineers out-rebounded Kansas 44-30. However, WVU shot 32% from the field and an awful 54% from the free throw line. The Mountaineers will get another shot at Kansas later in the season in Morgantown. While there were some questionable calls throughout, it is difficult to win a game scoring only 53 points.

Bounce Back for WVU

Well, that is until the Mountaineers beat Oklahoma State 55-41 on Monday night. WVU allowed the least amount of points in nearly forty years. The Mountaineers only scored fifty-five points and still managed to win by double digits. The team shot poorly again in this game but the defense was enough to pull them over the top. The Mountaineers’ tight defense held the Cowboys to 29% from the field and 5%(!) from three. This was a solid bounce back game coming off the loss against Kansas.

WVU vs. Texas Tech

This will be another good matchup for the Mountaineers. If the Mountaineers defeat the ranked Big 12 opponent, then they certainly will cement their position as top in the Big 12. Texas Tech is a quality basketball team. Jahmi’us Ramsey is an explosive scorer, averaging over seventeen points per game. The Red Raiders nearly defeated #4 Baylor on Tuesday night. Ramsey scored twenty points but the team fell short 57-52.

WVU hosts Texas Tech on their floor on Saturday. This will be the first big game in the Coliseum this year. Most of the tough matchups have been on the road or played in a neutral location. The Mountaineers play four of their next five games at home. In an electric environment, expect a tough, defensive battle.

Coach Huggins has figured out to get the most out of this lineup. If Culver and Tshiebwe can stay out of foul trouble, their size and physicality will likely carry WVU over the top. Matthews Jr. and Haley have been producing very little over the last stretch of games. The Mountaineers already have defense figured out but Haley and Matthews Jr. can score the way they were early on then the team will be unbeatable. WVU will likely win the game 61-55.

The WVU basketball team will be in action starting at 6:00 PM (EST) on Saturday.

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