KANSAS STATE (16-6, 5-4 Big 12) vs. 15/11 WEST VIRGINIA (16-6, 5-4 Big 12)
Saturday, February 3, 2018 >> 3 p.m. CT >> WVU Coliseum (14,000) >> Morgantown, W.Va.
Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 429-229/20th season
At K-State: 116-74/6th season
- West Virginia: 4-8 (1-4 on the road)
West Virginia: Bob Huggins (West Virginia ’77)
Career Record: 835-336/36th Year
Record at West Virginia: 245-125/11th Year
- Kansas State: 9-4 (4-1 at home)
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (16-6, 5-4 Big 12)
G: #2 Cartier Diarra
G: #5 Barry Brown, Jr.
G: #20 Xavier Sneed
F: #32 Dean Wade
F: #14 Makol Mawien
West Virginia (16-6, 5-4 Big 12)
G: #2 Jevon Carter
G: #14 Chase Harler
F: #21 Wesley Harris
F: #23 Esa Ahmad
F: #50 Sagaba Konate
Overall: West Virginia leads 9-5
In Morgantown: West Virginia leads 4-2
In Manhattan: Tied 3-3
Big 12 era: West Virginia leads 8-4
Active Streak: West Virginia, 3
Weber vs. West Virginia: 4-8 (1-4 on the road)
Huggins vs. K-State: 9-4 (4-1 at home)
Weber vs. Huggins: 6-8 (1-4 on the road)
- Kansas State (16-6, 5-4 Big 12) begins the second half of Big 12 play on Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats travel to Morgantown, W. Va., to take on No. 15/11 West Virginia (16-6, 5-4 Big 12) at 3 p.m., CT at the WVU Coliseum. Both teams sit in a tie for fourth place in the Big 12 standings after the first half of league competition with 5-4 marks, just two games behind Kansas and one game behind second-place Texas Tech and Oklahoma. Saturday’s game will air on ESPN2 and the WatchESPN app with Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst).
- K-State hasn’t fared well in recent trips to play West Virginia with the Wildcats dropping four straight at the WVU Coliseum by an average of 12 points per game, including an average of 17 points per game in the last two visits which includes a 70-55 loss in 2016 and a 85-66 setback in 2017. Overall, the team is 2-4 in games played in Morgantown with the last win coming 65-64 on Jan. 12, 2013.
- West Virginia owns a 9-5 advantage in the all-time series with K-State with eight wins in the last nine meetings between the schools by an average margin of 8.4 points per game. The Mountaineers are 8-4 in the Big 12 era and are attempting to sweep the season series for the third time in four seasons after earning a 77-69 win over the Wildcats in the first meeting on New Year’s Day at Bramlage Coliseum. In that contest, West Virginia connected on 53.6 percent from the field and had four players score in double figures led by freshman Teddy Allen’s 22 points. K-State was held to just 35.7 percent shooting, as sophomore Xavier Sneed led with 20 points.
- Saturday’s contest marks the start of three road games in a four-game stretch, as the Wildcats play back-to-back road tilts at No. 15/11 West Virginia and Texas (14-8, 4-5 Big 12) before returning home to face No. 10/10 Texas Tech (18-4, 6-3 Big 12) on on Feb. 10. The team is 5-4 away from Bramlage Coliseum this season, which includes a 4-2 mark in true road games and a 2-2 mark on the road in Big 12 play. The four true road wins are the second-most of any Big 12 team this season and only eclipsed by Kansas’ five. The team is 0-2 away from home against ranked teams, falling 74-58 at No. 18/18 Texas Tech on Jan. 6 and 73-72 on No. 12/12 Kansas on Jan. 13.
- K-State saw its four-game winning streak come to an end on Monday night, as No. 7/7 Kansas completed the season sweep with a 70-56 win at Bramlage Coliseum. The Jayhawks jumped out to a 15-4 lead en route to a 40-27 advantage after halftime on 70 percent shooting, as the Wildcats could get no closer than five points the rest of the way. K-State shot a near season-low 32.3 percent from the field, including a season-worst 25.7 percent in the first half, despite scoring 21 points off of 16 Kansas turnovers. Junior Dean Wade continued his solid play with his sixth consecutive 20-point outing with a team-high 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting. He is the first Wildcat since Michael Beasley in 2007-08 to post six straight 20-point games.
- Junior Barry Brown, Jr. and Wade are averaging 21.2 and 20.2 points per game at the midway point of Big 12 play, which rank second and third, respectively, among all Big 12 players. They are two of only four league players (along with Oklahoma’s Trae Young (33.7 ppg.) and Texas Tech’s Keenan Evans (20.1 ppg.) to average 20 points or more points per game. Brown and Wade have combined to score 373 points in the first nine Big 12 games, which is the fourth-best totalat this point of league play and the most since Michael Beasley and Bill Walker totaled 397 points in 2008.
NOTES ON 15/11 WEST VIRGINIA
- West Virginia enters Saturday’s contest with a 16-6 overall record and a 5-4 mark in Big 12 play after dropping a 93-77 decision at Iowa State on Wednesday night. The Mountaineers shot just 43.3 percent from the field, including 34.6 percent from 3-point range, while the Cyclones connected on 62.1 percent, including 55.6 percent from long range, while posting just 8 turnovers. Senior Jevon Carter paced three players in double figures with 18 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds, while junior Esa Ahmad and sophomore Sagaba Konate each added 17 points.
- The Mountaineers are averaging 80.6 points on 42.4 percent shooting, including 33.6 percent from 3-point range, while they are allowing 67.8 points on 41.6 percent from the field, including 35.6 percent from long range. The team is averaging 9.0 3-point field goals per game with four players totaling 24 or more treys. They lead the Big 12 in turnover margin (+6.8), offensive rebounds (14.9) and steals (8.8) and rank second nationally in turnover margin and offensive rebounds, fifth in turnovers forced (18.4), 10th in steals per game and 18th in scoring margin (+12.9).
- Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Jevon Carter paces four players in double figures at 17.4 points per game on 41.1 percent shooting, including 39.5 percent from 3-point range, and 86.1 percent from the free throw line. The senior, who ranks second in both steals/game and total steals (71) and 11th in assists (6.6 apg.), places among the Top 10 in the Big 12 in seven categories, including steals (1st), scoring (3rd), free throw percentage (3rd), assists (4th), minutes (4th), assist/turnover ratio (5th) and 3-point field goals made (9th) Senior Daxter Miles, Jr., is second in scoring at 12.8 points per game on 43.2 percent shooting, while sophomore Lamont West (10.7 ppg.) and Sagaba Konate (10.1 ppg.) also average double figures. Konate, who is shooting 51.6 percent from the field, leads in both rebounding (8.0 rpg.) and blocked shots (3.3 bpg.).
- West Virginia is led by soon-to-be Hall of Fame head coach Bob Huggins, who has an 835-336 (.713) overall record in 36 seasons as head coach, which includes stints at Walsh College (1980-83), Akron (1984-89), Cincinnati (1989-2005), Kansas State (2006-07) and now his alma mater, West Virginia. He has a 245-125 (.662) record in his 11th season in Morgantown, which includes eight NCAA Tournaments and a Final Four in 2010.
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