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Mountaineers Move Back into Top 10 Ahead of KU Rematch

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Esa Ahmad and Jevon Carter look to sweep Kansas Monday night in Lawrence. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle) Esa Ahmad and Jevon Carter look to sweep Kansas Monday night in Lawrence. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)
LAWRENCE, Kan. -

It’s a Top 10 match-up at Allen Fieldhouse tonight as Kansas hosts the Mountaineers.

The latest Associated Press Poll came out Monday afternoon and West Virginia is up four spots to No. 9 after securing victories over both Oklahoma and Kansas State over the past week.

Kansas stays put at No. 3 with two close wins over Kansas State and Texas Tech coming by a total of just four points.

Narrow margins of victory have been a theme for the Jayhawks this season. Since beginning Big 12 play, seven of KU’s 10 league wins have come by seven or fewer points.

The Mountaineers have beaten Kansas four-straight years in the friendly confines of the WVU Coliseum, but the team has yet to step inside The Phog and escape with a victory. In fact, the Jayhawks had won 51-straight games on their home court just over a week ago when Iowa State erased a 15-point deficit to beat Kansas in overtime.

Last week, West Virginia got its first-ever win over Oklahoma when playing in Norman, a 61-50 win over the Sooners.

“I think I’ve won in every one except Lawrence now, so we’ve got to take care of that one next,” senior forward Nathan Adrian said.

Kansas head coach Bill Self is 217-10 in home games with the Jayhawks, including a perfect 4-0 over the Mountaineers. He told his team prior to tonight’s match-up that it must treat this meeting differently after West Virginia blew KU out of the water in an 85-69 win last month in Morgantown.

“I hope our guys approach the West Virginia game like it’s not even part of our league race; that it’s us against them,” Self said, according to Lawrence Journal-World. “They whipped us the last time we played and we know we’ve gotta be a lot tougher and handle pressure.”

West Virginia sophomore forward Esa Ahmad led the Mountaineers with a career-high 27 points in the win over Kansas.

Self and the Jayhawks are seeking the team’s 13th-straight regular season Big 12 title as they currently sit alone atop the conference standings with a 10-2 record. West Virginia is two games back in the No. 3 spot at 8-4.

Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. We will have postgame interviews with Bob Huggins and select WVU student-athletes posted shortly after the game goes final.

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