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Series Of Must-Win Games For WVU

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The West Virginia University men's basketball team has an opportunity to string together several wins at a key point in the season. WVU enters tonight's game against Texas after putting together a solid 77-61 victory at Texas Tech.

One look at the Big 12 standings illustrates the importance of tonight's game against Texas.

SCHOOL RECORD

OVERALL RECORD

Kansas 7-1 19-2
Kansas St. 6-2 17-4
Oklahoma St. 5-3 15-5
Iowa St. 5-3 15-6
Oklahoma 5-3 14-6
Baylor 5-3 14-7
West Virginia 3-5 10-11
Texas 2-6 10-11
Texas Tech 2-6 9-10
TCU 0-8 9-12

Two games separate seventh-place WVU from a four-way tie for third place.

West Virginia's schedule is favorable for a winning streak. Following tonight's game against Texas, WVU will visit last-place TCU before visiting Baylor and hosting Texas Tech at the Coliseum.

WVU Head Coach Bob Huggins said last week that his team has the potential to be on the NCAA Tournament bubble.

That can only happen if the Mountaineers take care of winning these games.

WVU certainly has some positives to build upon. The Mountaineers shot 56 percent from the field and 55 percent from three-point range. On top of that, they forced 22 Texas Tech turnovers.

It was the kind of performance that has eluded this team. Every time Texas Tech came back and cut its deficit to four points, WVU responded and extended its lead.

Baylor is the only Big 12 team West Virginia has not yet faced this season. WVU overcame a 10-point deficit with less than five minutes to go in regulation and eventually won 57-53 in overtime.

West Virginia will look to win back-to-back games for the first time since December when it meets Texas. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m.

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