|Story of the band|
|Points per game||81.7||69.7|
|Field Goal Percentage||50.1||44.0|
|Field Goal Percentage Against||43.0||41.5|
|3-PT Field Goal Percentage||36.9||32.0|
|3-PT Field Goal Percentage Against||31.7||30.2|
|Free Throw Percentage||70.9||66.0|
|Revenue per game||12.5||12.3|
|Turnover per match against||15.3||17.4|
|Steals per game||7.3||8.4|
|Blocks per game||4.5||5.5|
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia will make another attempt to end its winless nine-game run at Allen Fieldhouse as the Mountaineers face ninth place in Kansas in a 2 p.m. game that will go national on CBS broadcast.
On a few occasions, West Virginia has pushed the Jayhawks to overtime, including a four-point defeat in 2018 when the Mountaineers failed to hold onto a 14-point lead with less than four minutes to play.
Call it the Phog Allen fog of West Virginia.
“We had our chances,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said Friday morning. “We’ve played pretty well there at times and things happen in a certain way.”
Many of those events are the result of the good players Bill Self has been putting on the floor there for years.
In 2015, when West Virginia lost 76-69 in overtime, it was Frank Mason III, Jamari Traylor and Kelly Oubre. Three years later it was Mason, Devonte’ Graham, Josh Jackson and Lagerald Vick.
The guys who will run Self on Saturday afternoon will be just as good, especially 6-foot-5 senior guard Ochai Agbaji, who averages a Big 12-best 20.6 points per game. Agbaji scored a game-high 22 points in the Jayhawks’ 62-61 win over No. 15 Iowa State earlier this week, but it was guard Dajuan Harris’ layup with seven seconds left that took them to their 13th position. brought.e win of the season.
In addition to Agbaji, Kansas has three other players capable of making 3s in bunches – 6-foot-7 guard Christian Braun, 6-foot guard Remy Martin and 6-foot-4 guard Jalen Coleman-Lands.
Arizona State transfer Martin has missed the last few games after pinching his knee in the Nevada win.
“We have no idea if he’ll play or how much he’ll play or whatever,” Huggins said. “We’ve just focused on the guys who’ve played the last few games, and we’ll sort it out when he comes into play.”
Huggins said his boys have had enough when it comes to Agbaji and Braun, who are fifth in the conference in scoring, averaging 16.1 points per game. There may not be a better one-two scoring punch in the country than those two.
“They’re really good. They’ve probably got two of the best perimeter guys in the country, and maybe more than two,” Huggins said. “If someone is having a bad day, they can get someone off the bench who can also shoot the ball. They have a lot of guys who can shoot and have made great hits historically.”
Huggins believes Agbaji has expanded his game to more than just a 3-point shooter this year.
“He’s probably using his athleticism a little bit more,” he said. “He’s got a bit more versatility. Last year he was probably a bit more behind the (3-point) line and now he’s a great guy attacking the rim, and he’s a great shot maker.”
Inside, senior David McMormack was a player who has caused problems for West Virginia around the rim. The 6-foot-10 forward scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds in last year’s game at Morgantown and had 10 points and 11 boards in the Kansas Mountaineers loss.
However, McCormack saw just nine minutes of playing time against the Cyclones, scoring just one run. He has averaged 8.1 points and 5.9 rebounds in 15 games for the Jayhawks this year.
“He’s a force,” Huggins noted. “He is probably the best rim protector in our competition and I think his attack has gotten better and better.”
West Virginia (13-2, 2-1) comes Tuesday-evening from a 70-60 home win against Oklahoma State. forward Jalen Bridges scored a career-high 22 points and forward Gabe Osabuohien came off the bench to contribute 12 points and eight rebounds.
Taz Sherman 13 and sits behind Agbaji among the Big 12 scoring leaders with an average of 19.9 points per game. Huggins was asked Friday if he thinks it matters to Sherman if he finishes first in the Big 12 this year.
He said no.
“(Taz) and Gabe are undoubtedly our leaders and you’re not a very good leader if you’re selfish, and he certainly isn’t. He just wants to win,” Huggins said.
Obviously, Huggins wants to finally win a game at Allen Fieldhouse and get that monkey off his back.
“We should just go in and play. I don’t think the Fieldhouse ever beat us,” he concluded.
Mountaineer Sports Network radio coverage with Tony Caridi, Jay Jacobs and David Kahn begins at 1 p.m. on stations across West Virginia and online through WVUsports.com and the popular WVU Gameday mobile app.
Spero Dedes and Bill Raftery will be called up to CBS.