The 12th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers (16-4, 4-3 Big 12) are back home at the WVU Coliseum to face Kansas State (9-11, 2-5) in a rematch of WVU’s defeat earlier in the season. The matchup tips off at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN2.
Tip the weekend off with The Bob Huggins Show!
Tony Caridi sits down with Coach Huggins to get his thoughts on the Mountaineers’ first several conference games as the team sits at 4-3 so far in the Big 12. Huggins will give the inside scoop on what goes on when the cameras are off, as well as the scouting report and gameplan for Kansas State.
Plus, Warren Baker stops by the show to give his thoughts on the Mountaineers so far in Big 12 play in “Courtside with Bake.”
West Virginia fell to Kansas State in their first matchup in Manhattan. The Mountaineers struggled to stop Cartier Diarra, who logged 25 points for the Wildcats, including 66.7 percent shooting from deep.
The Mountaineers went down early, taking a 17-point deficit at halftime. That gap would get as high as 24 before the Mountaineers began to come back, eventually outscoring the Wildcats in the second half — but it wasn’t enough for them as K-State would get the victory at the end by 16.
West Virginia’s frontcourt wasn’t quite as dominant as usual, earning just a single-board edge in the rebounding margin. Their offense stalled as well, with Miles McBride and Chase Harler leading the squad with just 11 points each.
West Virginia is 92.8-percent favorites to win this matchup according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index. Vegas also heavily favors the Mountaineers — WVU is anywhere from a 12.5 to a 14-point favorite.
So far this year, West Virginia is 12-8 against the spread, beating it in their last five contests. Kansas State is 8-12 against the spread this year.
Where to watch
This contest tips off on ESPN2 on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. The game can also be streamed on the WatchESPN app.
Listening on the radio? Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs will have the call on the Mountaineer Sports Network by Learfield IMG. West Virginia Illustrated will also have updates from the WVU Coliseum on our live game log as well as on social media.