After taking a loss in their first meeting earlier this season, the 14th-ranked West Virginia men’s basketball team is hosting No. 3 Kansas with the hopes of maintaining their success at home against the Jayhawks. The matchup tips off at the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The first matchup saw Kansas take a 60-53 win at Allen Fieldhouse behind a 17-point, 11-rebound effort from Udoka Azubuike. Oscar Tshiebwe also made his own splash on the Big 12 in his league play debut, adding 17 points and 17 rebounds of his own.
Where to watch
Wednesday’s contest will be shown on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, the third game shown on the platform.
For fans who don’t have access to ESPN+, West Virginia Illustrated will be at the WVU Coliseum providing live updates on our game log as well as on social media. Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs will also be on the radio call on the Mountaineer Sports Network by Learfield IMG.
It should be noted that two more additional games will be shown on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ this season — Feb. 15 and Mar. 7, both of which will see the Mountaineers face No. 1 Baylor.
West Virginia had the upper hand early on in their first meeting with Kansas. Oscar Tshiebwe dominated the floor in the first half, earning a double-double before the Mountaineers took a 7-point lead into the locker room for halftime.
That lead was built by good West Virginia defense, who only allowed three Jayhawks to log points in the half, although Devon Dotson would also hit double figures before the break.
That changed in the second half. As West Virginia’s offense dipped, the Jayhawks pounded the ball inside to Udoka Azubuike, who finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds on perfect 6-of-6 shooting.
A second-half surge from the West Virginia bench, led by Miles McBride, wasn’t enough to hold onto the lead as the Mountaineers fell 60-53.
Tshiebwe finished with 17 points and 17 rebounds, both game highs.
The Mountaineers are narrow 51-percent favorites on the Matchup Predictor according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index. Vegas also favors West Virginia, who puts the Mountaineers 1.5 points ahead of the Jayhawks.
Both teams are 13-10 against the spread this season with a similar 2-3 ATS mark in their last five contests.