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GAME PREVIEW: WVU Takes On Kansas State in Morgantown

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Jevon Carter gets to the rim during WVU's shoot around inside the Sprint Center in Kansas City. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle) Jevon Carter gets to the rim during WVU's shoot around inside the Sprint Center in Kansas City. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)

Written by: Mikinzy Boggs

Bob Huggins and Company (19-5, Conf. 7-4) are looking forward to getting their second serving of sweet revenge this week as the Kansas State Wildcats (16-8, Conf. 5-6) visit the Coliseum. The Mountaineers had just come off a tough loss to Oklahoma before having to travel to Manhattan, Kansas to try and get back on track against the Wildcats the last time these two teams met. Now the script has been flipped as the Mountaineers are coming off a win and get to host a Wildcat team who are coming off of a defeat from the Kansas Jayhawks.

            The Wildcats are currently four games out of first place, though are led by senior guard Wesley Iwundu (12.2ppg, 5.8rpg, & 3.6apg) and sophomore big man Dean Wade (9.8ppg, 4.8rpg, & 2.0apg). Kansas State is currently shooting 47.3% as a team, and averaging 34 rebounds a game. Team play is essential to Kansas State as four Wildcats are averaging roughly 12 points per game.

            West Virginia is continuing to be pushed by Nathan Adrian (11.0ppg, 6.4rpg, & 3.0apg), and Jevon Carter (11.5ppg, 2.9spg, & 4.4apg). Esa Ahmad is leading the Mountaineers in points on paper, though his play has been arguably sporadic, and inconsistent. The Mountaineers have been getting plenty of help from their bench consisting of Lamont West, James Bolden, Teyvon Myers, and Tarik Phillip.

WVU Avg. Field Goal – 47.4%

KState Avg. Field Goal – 47.3%

WVU Avg. Rebound – 37

KState Avg. Rebound – 34

WVU Avg. Turnovers – 12

KState Avg. Turnovers – 13

WVU Avg. 3-Pt. – 37.1%

KState Avg. 3-Pt. – 37.7%

What to Watch For – Turnovers

            The last time these two teams met the Mountaineers committed an uncharacteristic 23 turnovers to the Wildcats’ 16. In recent games the Mountaineers have committed 14 (Texas A&M), 15 (Iowa State), 9 (Oklahoma State), and 14 (Oklahoma) turnovers. If the Mountaineers can keep their composure and use their home court advantage effectively, Press Virginia could be in full swing against the visiting Wildcats.

Game time is set for 12:00pm E.T. (NOON) and will be aired on ESPN.

  

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