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GAME PREVIEW: WVU Hosts Kansas State


The West Virginia Mountaineers (12-9, 4-4 in Big 12) take on the Kansas State Wildcats (15-6, 5-3 in Big 12) Saturday in conference play.


Earlier this year the Wildcats blew out the Mountaineers, 78-56 in Manhattan, Kansas.


K-State senior forward Shane Southwell enjoyed the last game vs. the Mountaineers in Morgantown.


"It was a really fun experience, the fans were really loud. It was just a great game,
said Southwell. "It went down to the wire. Then we made the last play and won."


 West Virginia once back again at .500 in league play and is sitting right at 6th place in the Big 12, just one place behind Kansas State.


Senior guard Will Spradling scored a season high 17 points, including four free throws in the closing seconds to propel K-State in a win over Texas Tech (10-11, 2-6 in Big 12) Tuesday, 66-58.


Nino Williams added 13 points and Wesley Iwundu added 11 for the Wildcats as they ended their two game-skid, despite getting very few points from their three leading scorers.


Spradling made a couple of foul shots and then Iwundu scored a sloppy bucket at the rim to give Kansas State a 58-52 lead with 2 and 1/2 minutes to go. The Red Raiders could never recover.


The Mountaineers are coming off a road win Tuesday at Baylor, thanks to Juwan Staten's reverse layup with 3 seconds left to lift West Virginia over the Bears 66-64.


"Juanny makes a heck of a play after going 1 for 6 from the line," said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins. "He's really the guy you want with the ball there. I know it would have crushed him if we had not won."


After Staten's score, Baylor (13-7, 1-6 in Big 12) called a pair of timeouts in an attempt to get the right play called and make a comeback.


When the game resumed, the Bears got the ball into the hands of Kenny Chery whose 3-point prayer from the wing actually banked in, but replay confirmed that the ball had not left his hand when time had expired.


Staten led everyone with 15 points and nine assists, while Remi Debo came off the bench to score 13, including hitting 3 of 7 from behind the arc. Harris contributed 12 and Terry Henderson added 11.


Baylor's top scorer was Brady Heslip with 13 points.


Baylor showed early season wins over Colorado, South Carolina, and Kentucky has now dropped five in a row and has dropped to ninth place in the standings.


"Hopefully this helps us because that was a very talented basketball team we beat," said Huggins.


The Mountaineers hope to continue to keep the win streak alive and break over the .500 hump midway through the regular season.


Tip off begins at 1:30p.m. Saturday at the WVU Coliseum .The game between the Mountaineers and the Wildcats will be broadcast on the Big 12 Network.

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