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5 Things to Know Before WVU vs. Oklahoma



Kedrian Johnso draws the charge against Auburn's K.D. Johnson. (WVSN photo by Kelsie LeRose)

West Virginia hosts Oklahoma for their second matchup of the season on Saturday night. Let’s take a look at five things to know before the game.

WVU Blew First Opportunity

On Jan. 14, West Virginia fell late to Oklahoma in Norman, 77-76. The loss was WVU’s fifth and final loss of the losing streak to begin Big 12 play.

Since the loss, West Virginia is 3-2 in their last five, with wins over TCU, Auburn and Texas Tech.

In the first matchup, WVU struggled to hit free throws, ultimately costing the Mountaineers the game. WVU shot 8-of-16 from the line. Erik Stevenson, Joe Toussaint and Tre Mitchell all missed free throws down the stretch.

Sooners Look to Extend Streak

Oklahoma is currently on a seven-game winning streak versus West Virginia. WVU’s last win over the Sooners was in the Big 12 Tournament in 2019.

Before the losing streak, West Virginia defeated Oklahoma in six of the previous eight matchups from 2016-19.

Absolute Must-Win for Both Teams

West Virginia and Oklahoma are both in need of a win on Saturday. Joe Lunardi has WVU listed as a “last four in” for the NCAA Tournament, while Oklahoma is “first four out.” Depending on the outcome, WVU and OU could flip projections by Sunday morning.

West Virginia picked up big wins over TCU and Auburn. Oklahoma got their biggest win of the season, defeating then-No. 2 Alabama 93-69.

Saturday’s matchup in Morgantown will determine eighth place in the Big 12.

Betting Lines

The spread for the West Virginia-Oklahoma game is WVU -6.0. The over/under is set at 138.5.

Where to Watch

West Virginia and Oklahoma will tip off at 8 p.m. inside the WVU Coliseum on Saturday. ESPNEWS will carry the broadcast until the conclusion of the Lakers-Pelicans game, which then will switch to ESPN2.

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