The WVU basketball team knocked off the second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday. In a defensive and foul-driven matchup, Miles McBride scored 21 points as WVU won the game 67-59. WVU forced 22 turnovers and blocked five shots, even with Tshiebwe playing only eight minutes due to foul trouble.
Buckeye star big man, Kaleb Wesson, played more minutes than Culver and Tshiebwe combined. Wesson was able to have a solid night with 17 points and nine rebounds but the Mountaineer bench was too much for Ohio State to withstand.
This win proves that WVU is a legit contender this year. The Mountaineers now have equal wins against Wichita State, Pitt, Rhode Island, Norther Iowa, and Ohio State.
Frustrated fans have been all over social media complaining. The game against Kansas on Saturday will be streamed on ESPN+. Being a paid subscription is not necessarily the worst part. Many people in West Virginia do not have good enough internet for the game to stream, even if they are willing to pay for it. Hopefully enough people will complain this season and the Big 12 will move away from ESPN+.
WVU Looks to Defeat #3 Kansas
With that being said, Kansas is a top tier team in all categories and will be a tough group to defeat. Devon Dotson and Udoka Azubuike will be difficult to contain. If WVU can play with the effort of the Ohio State game, then they will have a good chance of winning. WVU will need to try and get to the foul line 25-30 times and make at least 75% of them for the game to be competitive.
This will allow the Mountaineers to control the pace of the game and keep the game within distance throughout. Similar to the Ohio State game, the depth of WVU should wear the Kansas team down. If they can keep the game close going into the last eight minutes, they will have a good chance to win. The Mountaineers should attack the paint early on to possibly get Azubuike in foul trouble. The “inside-out” game will also be effective if WVU can have some success penetrating early. The Mountaineers always play hard and put themselves in a position to win games.
All in all, it is likely this game will also finish with a low score. The Mountaineers have had all week to prepare for the Jayhawks. Expect to see a mixture of full court pressure, man-to-man, and zone on the defensive side. It worked against Ohio State and Coach Huggins will likely bring a similar plan against Kansas.
Many fans believed that WVU should have been ranked within the top 12 going into this matchup. At 11-1, the Mountaineers will look to solidify their spot as a top-tier team with a second top three win within a week. This could end up being a very good week for WVU basketball fans.
The game will begin at 4:00 PM (EST) on Saturday.
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