The West Virginia Mountaineers (16-13, 8-8 in Big 12) will travel to Oklahoma on Wednesday to play the Sooners (21-8, 10-6 in Big 12) and finish up their regular season road schedule. Tip off is set for 9pm at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU.
0The two teams met earlier this year in Morgantown, a game the Mountaineers claimed 91-86 in overtime. Oklahoma leads the series 4-2, including taking all three games played last season.
West Virginia is coming off a huge home win vs. TCU on Saturday (81-59) in which four Mountaineer players scored in double digits. Eron Harris led overall scoring with 18 points, followed by Juwan Staten who contributed 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Nathan Adrian added 14 points and Devin Williams had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Mountaineers swept the Horned Frogs (9-19, 0-16) in two games this season. They have yet to lose to TCU in four games.
The Mountaineers' freshman walk-on, Chris Connor, gained some exposure and confidence Saturday scoring 9 points on 3-of-4 from behind the arc.
"He gave us energy because you don't really expect him to come in and hit three-straight," Eron Harris said of Connor. "But at the end of the day, we really do expect him to do that because that's what he does. He shoots threes. I was proud of him."
As for Oklahoma, Isaiah Cousins scored a career-high 24 points and Oklahoma gained ground in the race for second place in the Big 12 with a 77-65 win over No. 24 Texas on Saturday.
Buddy Heild hit four 3-pointers and scored 17 points for Oklahoma (21-8, 10-6), which entered the game in a four-way battle with Texas (21-8, 10-6), Kansas State and Iowa State behind Kansas.
After Saturday, all four teams will have two games remaining.
Oklahoma committed a season-low seven turnovers while completing a regular-season sweep of the Longhorns. The Sooners have won three of the last four games in the series after Texas had won 12 of the previous 15.
"Isaiah did an outstanding job throughout and Buddy (hit) big shots in the second half and Ryan (Spangler) rebounded like crazy," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. "I'm happy for the guys. It's tough to beat Texas any time and I'm proud of them."
Cousins entered the game with a 10.4-point scoring average and has played a key role during a stretch in which Oklahoma has won three of four games. He scored 17 points -- then the third-best offensive outing of his career -- last Saturday in a win over Kansas State before going 7-of-11 from the field and adding three steals against the Longhorns.
Cousins' extra practice "is really showing up during the games," he said, adding that he was "in the right place at the right time" on defense.
Both teams are battling it out for better records as the regular season comes to a close. And everyone wants to hear those magic words on Selection Sunday---but first two regular season games and the Big 12 tournament before the magic that is March Madness begins.