West Virginia plays Oklahoma State for the second time in two weeks this Saturday. The 11th ranked Cowboys squeaked by West Virginia in their last outing, 73-72.
We all remember what happened the last time the Cowboys came into Morgantown. The Mountaineers played their hearts out and ended up losing by 1 in the final seconds, a game many thought they could have won. Bob Huggins and company our ready for some payback and a road win in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State (15-3, 3-2 in conference play) are coming off a 2 point loss to Kansas Saturday 80-78. The Cowboys are averaging over 80 points a game this season with four players averaging double figures.
Marcus Smart leads the scoring attack with 17.8 points per game. The Cowboys lead the nation in scoring margins per game at 19. They are shooting 48.4 percent from the floor, including 38.9 percent from behind the arc.
The Mountaineers (11-8, 3-3 in conference play) are coming off a Big 12 victory vs. the Red Raiders of Texas Tech. (87-81). West Virginia snapped their 3 game loosing-streak, mainly due to Terry Henderson's hot shooting and an improved defensive presence.
Henderson finished the night as the Mountaineers leading scorer with a career high 28, Juwan Staten had 16 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds and Erron Harris chipped in with 15 points.
"Terry's a great kid," said Huggins. "Terry wants do right. Terry wants to do right by the team."
Henderson outdueled Tech's Dusty Hannahs, who scored 25 and made all seven of his 3-point field goal attempts.
The Mountaineers shot 29-54 (54 percent from the field), 11-20 (55 percent from behind the arc) and 18-21 (86 percent) from the free throw line. Freshman Devin Williams is also averaging team high 7.6 rebounds per game and 9.5 points per game.
"Our spirit, our attitude, our energy, our X's and O's, our defense, everything was better in this game," said Harris.
Oklahoma State leads the brief history with West Virginia 3-1, with all three victories coming in Big 12 Conference action. West Virginia's lone win was from 1958, so one could say they are long overdue.
"I don't know how many different ways you can say don't foul, but we keep fouling," said Huggins. That is something the Mountaineers will need to work on along with communication and keeping the intensity up the entire game in order to get a Big 12 win over the Cowboys.
Oklahoma State hosts the Mountaineers this Saturday in Stillwater. Tip-off begins at 2p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN 2 and ESPN 3.