Kansas at West Virginia
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 8, 2014
Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia
No. 8 Kansas looks to conclude another successful Big 12 season with a win when it travels to Morgantown to face West Virginia on Saturday. The Jayhawks clinched their 10th consecutive conference title and coach Bill Self has the luxury of resting his starters and giving his bench players extended playing time as he did in the 82-57 win over Texas Tech. "It's been a pretty good run," Self told reporters. "I'm really proud of all of them and it seems like the next one is always the hardest and of course getting 11 will be a monster."
West Virginia has lost four of its last five games to fall out of the NCAA Tournament picture. The Mountaineers are coming off a 72-62 setback to No. 23 Oklahoma and will now focus on avenging an 83-69 loss to Kansas on Feb. 8 as they close out the regular season. "Our dreams, our hopes to get to where we weren't last year, which is the NCAA Tournament, we know time is running out," forward Devin Williams admitted to reporters. "We've just got to come together as a unit and figure out how to commit ourselves on the defensive end."TV:
Noon, ET. ESPNABOUT KANSAS (23-7, 14-3 Big 12):
Tarik Black scored a career-high 19 points to go along with six rebounds in place of the injured Joel Embiid against Texas Tech. Naadir Tharpe dished out a game-high five assists versus the Red Raiders and finished without a turnover for the sixth time this season. Andrew Wiggins, who leads the team in scoring (16) and steals (one), netted nine points against Texas Tech in what was likely his final game at Allen Fieldhouse. ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA (16-14, 8-9):
Juwan Staten tops the Mountaineers in points (18.2) and assists (5.8), and poured in a game-high 24 points in the loss to Oklahoma. Eron Harris, who scored 28 points versus the Sooners on Feb. 5, was held to a season-low five points on 2-of-9 shooting from the field. West Virginia is averaging 78 points per game, but has been held below its scoring average in four of its last five outings. TIP-INS
1. Kansas is ranked fourth nationally in field-goal percentage (49.8) and has shot 50 percent or better in 18 games.
2. West Virginia coach Bob Huggins is 0-6 in his career versus the Jayhawks.
3. Embiid will sit out Saturday's game with a back injury. PREDICTION:
West Virginia 76, Kansas 75
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