After three games, Oklahoma State is now 1-2 in Big 12 conference play as they head on the road to visit West Virginia in Morgantown. With some momentum from earning their first conference win at home against Texas on Tuesday, the Pokes are in the hunt for a victory on the road in conference play.
Who: West Virginia (8-7, 0-3 Big 12 Conference)
Where: WVU Coliseum; Morgantown, West Virginia
When: 11 a.m. Central; Saturday, Jan. 12
Web Stream: WatchESPN
Live Stats: okstate.statbroadcast.com
Sagaba Konate: (Knee)
F Logan Routt (Jr.), F Esa Ahmad (Sr.),F Wesley Harris (Jr.), G Taevon Horton (Fr.), G Jermaine Haley (Jr.)
Bob Huggins aka Huggy perfectly describes the Mountaineers’ season in this picture. While they still have a winning record at 8-7, things haven’t look great for Huggins’ team. They’re missing key players in Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles and arguably their best player in preseason All-Big 12 team member Sagaba Konate, who is out with a knee injury.
This is a different team than the “Press Virginia” teams of old. Or, at least, it seems that way from the games they’ve played this season. However, Oklahoma State has struggled at the first sign of a press so maybe it will look better Saturday. WVU has a 42.5 percent field goal percentage as a team and is shooting 33.8 from beyond the arc. The Mountaineers are currently in the bottom of the Big 12 as the only team without a conference win. Stats wise, they’re comparable to OSU but look like one of the few road wins the Cowboys could pick up.
3 Things to Watch
1) WVU is rebuilding too, so this will be one of OSU’s better chances for a Big 12 road win in a traditionally tough environment.
Morgantown has been a tough place to win. But with the ’Neers not playing like they usually do, if the Cowboys can stay solid on both ends of the court they could snag a road win.
2) WVU struggles on offense and the Cowboys keep getting better on the defensive end. Do these trends continue?
3) WVU is not as good on defense as they usually are. Is “Press Virginia” dead or will they find themselves against an inconsistent Cowboy offense?