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5 Things to Know Before WVU vs. Oklahoma State



West Virginia enters a must-win game against Oklahoma State on Monday in Morgantown. Let’s take a look at five things to know before the game.

First Matchup: WVU’s First Downfall 

West Virginia traveled to Stillwater on Jan. 2 during a two-game road trip. The Mountaineers fell 67-60, collapsing in-front of everyone’s eyes.

At one point, Oklahoma State led 37-24 early in the second half but WVU G Erik Stevenson helped lead the Mountaineers back. Then with 7:17 left in the game, Stevenson hit his third-consecutive three-pointer to give West Virginia a 53-51 lead. This was their first lead of the game. As Stevenson was backpedaling to play defense, the officiating crew issued the fifth-year senior with a technical foul for a hand gesture.

Stevenson fouled out 90 seconds later and West Virignia had no answer for Oklahoma State.

How Does West Virginia Respond After Bad Loss to Texas Tech?

Just 48 hours ago, West Virginia recorded their worst loss of the season in a game they needed to win. WVU’s play, minus Stevenson and Kedrian Johnson, looked the worst it as all season. How does WVU respond with the quick turnaround?

“Just got to look in the mirror and move on,” Stevenson said after the 6-point loss on Saturday.

WVU G Erik Stevenson Didn’t See Team Energy in Loss to Texas Tech

Must-Win for Both Teams

Once again, this is a must-win game for West Virginia. No doubt about it. If the Mountaineers lose, the season is most likely over. Both teams are on Joe Lunardi’s bubble: Oklahoma State is listed as “last four byes” and WVU is “last four in.”

Betting Lines

The spread for the West Virginia-Oklahoma State game is WVU -5. The over/under is set at 144.5.

Where to Watch

West Virginia and Oklahoma State will tip off at 7 p.m. inside the WVU Coliseum on Monday. The Mountaineers and Cowboys will be on ESPN2.

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