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Five Things to Know Before WVU vs. Kansas



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As the Mountaineers look to upset No. 9 Kansas on the road, on Saturday, let’s take a look at five things to know before they attempt to do so.

West Virginia is 0-9 in the Allen Fieldhouse

Since WVU joined the Big 12, the Mountaineers are 0-9 in Allen Fieldhouse. There has been many games over the years where West Virginia has put themselves in a position to win, but haven’t been able to finish the job. Saturday is another chance for WVU to finish the job.

“I would be able to say that I was on the first WVU team to win at Kansas,” WVU F Gabe Osabuohien said on the Final Fourcast podcast.

Kansas Dealing with Injuries

On Friday, Kansas head coach Bill Self announced that G Remy Martin and F Zach Clemence could miss the WVU game on Saturday. Self said both did not practice and he doesn’t expect Clemence to play. For Martin, he is day-to-day.

Clemence is a freshman big man, who averages 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds.

Martin is a grad transfer guard from Arizona State, who was an All-First Pac 12 Team three times. Martin has played 13 games with his new team, averaging 9.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

Depth is Never Ending for the Jayhawks

Kansas just got even better.

Self and his staff took their core group from last year in Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun, David McCormick and Jalen Wilson, and surrounded it with a lot of depth.The Jayhawks went right into the transfer portal last off-season and picked up Martin (Arizona State), Jalen Coleman-Lands (Iowa State) and Joseph Yesufu (Drake).

One thing to focus on while watching the game is who’s depth can outlast the other’s. If WVU can get Kansas into foul trouble and chip away at their depth, they could have a fight in this.

Betting Lines

The spread for the West Virginia and Kansas game is -11.5 KU. The WVU money line is +550.

The over-under is 142.5.

This would be a game I would avoid betting on. This will be only the second true road game where WVU has everyone playing. Last road game, West Virginia was without Taz Sherman, Gabe Osabuohien and Kobe Johnson, and the team lost by 15 to Texas. We’ll have to see, but the Mountaineers’ defense could keep them in this game, beating the spread.

How to Watch and Listen

You can watch West Virginia take on Kansas on Saturday, at 2 p.m., on CBS. The Big 12 Conference matchup between the Mountaineers and the Jayhawks will take place inside Phog Allen Fieldhouse, in Lawrence, KS.

Mountaineer Sports Network will broadcast the game on the radio, with Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs once again calling WVU games for the entirety of this season.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.


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