MORGANTOWN - The West Virginia men's basketball team will be on the road today against No. 8 Kansas. The Moutaineers are coming off a 91-86 overtime win against No. 21 Oklahoma Wednesday night.
WVU (14-9, 6-4 Big 12) is riding a three-game winning streak heading into today's 4 p.m. game. ESPN will air the game starting at 3:30 p.m.
The Mountaineers are 9-0 this season when allowing 69 or less points in a game.
For his play against Kansas State and Oklahoma, WVU junior guard Jwan Staten was named Big 12 Player of the Week. Staten is the first Mountaineer to earn that honor since joining the conference. Staten has scored 14 points or more in 15 straight games this season. He tallied 35 points in the Mountaineers' 81-71 win over the Wildcats last Saturday.
No. 8 Kansas (17-5, 8-1 Big 12) is coming of a 62-59 win over Baylor Tuesday. Last season, Kansas defeated the Mountaineers in Lawrence 91-65. Their first meeting in Morgantown ended in a 61-56 loss. This will be the third meeting between the two programs.
WVU head coach Bob Huggins has faced the Wildcats six different times in his coaching career. He has not defeated Wildcats. Huggins has wins over 21 ranked teams at WVU, including eight over a Top 10-ranked team. Huggins is 22-22 in Big 12 Conference games.
Big 12 Matchups
West Virginia (14-9, 6-4 Big 12
at No. 8 Kansas (17-5, 8-1)
Game time: 4 p.m. today
Kansas State (9-12, 3-7 Big 12) at No. 17 West Virginia (19-3, 8-2)
Game time: 2 p.m. today
The starting five for the Mountaineers include sophomore guard Eron Harris, who is averaging 17.5 points per game. Harris ranks second in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made and third in free throws made. Freshman Devin Williams has posted five double-doubles and six double-figure scoring performances this season.
The No. 8 Kansas Wildcats dropped their only league game of the season at Texas , 81-69, last Saturday. The Jayhawks are 10-1 at home this season. Their only loss was to San Diego State. Jayhawks head coach Bill Self is in his 11th year, where he is 317-64 and 524-169 in his 21st year overall.
The No. 17 West Virginia women's basketball team also play today, taking on the Kansas State Wildcats at 2 p.m. today at the WVU Coliseum.
The Mountaineers have won six of their last seven games and with a win against K-State, WVU will have recorded its eighth 20-win season in the last 11 years. WVU is currently 19-3 overall, with an 8-2 mark in conference play and in second place in the Big 12 standings.
WVU went 2-0 last week with a 67-56 win over then-No. 21 Iowa State, and took a 66-62 win at TCU on Saturday.
Six different Mountaineers have led WVU's scoring efforts in at least one game, and this season's scoring leader is sophomore guard Bria Holmes with 13.6 points per game. Senior center Asya Bussie adds 13.5 points and is WVU's leading rebounder with 7.7 boards per game.
As a team, WVU ranks third in the Big 12 for its scoring offense, averaging 75.8 points per game, while limiting opponents to only 59.4 points per game. WVU has held 14 opponents under 60 points this season.
The Wildcats are currently 9-12 overall and 3-7 in Big 12 play. Kansas State is 1-6 on the road with its sole win at Texas Tech. KSU dropped its last meeting with Iowa State, 84-65, in Ames on Feb. 1.
WVU leads 2-0 in the all-time series. Last season, WVU defeated Kansas State 66-57 at the WVU Coliseum on Feb. 26 and took a 66-52 win on Jan. 12 in Manhattan.