West Virginia (15-10, 7-5 in Big 12) travels to Austin, Texas to face 19th ranked Texas (19-5, 8-3) Saturday night, broadcast on the Longhorn Network. At 8:00p.m.
The Mountaineers are coming off a huge upset win against number 11 Iowa State here in Morgantown last Monday evening. 102-77. The Mountaineers have a chance to post back-to-back wins over two top 25 teams for the first time since March 2nd and March 5th in 2011.
Junior college transfer Remi Dibo scored a season-high 20 points and Juwan Staten had 19 as West Virginia posted its highest scoring total since 2007. The Mountaineers, who shot a season best-tying 59.1 percent (13 of 22) from beyond the arc, took a 52-33 lead into halftime.
They held the Cyclones to 36.6 percent from the floor, Iowa State's second-worst mark this season.
"This helps us," coach Bob Huggins told the school's official website. "This is a huge step to get us back RPI-wise where we're supposed to be and get us back into the national conversation. But it's not over with. We've got to go play Texas and do a much better job than what we did the first time we played them."
Staten, second in the conference with 18.3 points per game, has averaged 24.0 over the last four. He scored 23 against Texas last month.
Texas is 19-1 when allowing fewer then 86 points, including 13-0 at home. Javan Felix put on a show earlier this week, with leading scorer Jonathon Holmes on the sidelines. Holmes is uncertain if he will play Saturday vs. the Mountaineers as the Longhorns go for their sixth consecutive home win.
After averaging 7.3 points and shooting 23.1 percent over a three-game stretch, Felix broke out with a game-high 27 as Texas (19-5, 8-3 Big 12) cruised to an 87-68 victory over Oklahoma State on Tuesday. The 5-foot-11 sophomore went 9 of 14 from the field and made a career-best six 3-pointers on eight attempts.
Five of the six meetings with Texas have been decided by four points or less. That also seems to be a trend for the Mountaineers this season. The question on many Mountaineer fan's minds is will be March be sweet or sour? Will they make the NCAA tournament? Head coach Bob Huggins knows that it all comes down to RPI and wants his players to realize how important each game is and to take it one day at a time.
College basketball analysts have said there is hope, and that WVU could be one of the last four teams in on Selection Sunday. Which means WVU would have to win four of their next six games before the Big 12 Tournament. West Virginia has something that most other bubble teams don't, and that's multiple chances at improving their resume with "winnable" games.
It seems the Mountaineers are getting hot at just the right time, but with that being said it is a very difficult league.
Head coach Bob Huggins thought the last game was the best he has seen his guys play all season. Let's hope they can bring it up to that level again to grab a W in Austin on Saturday.