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Five Things to Know Before WVU vs. No. 6 Kansas



Dec 22, 2020; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins shakes hands with Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self before the game at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

As West Virginia looks to get a big win against No. 6 Kansas in Morgantown, let’s take a look at five things to know before the game for Saturday night.

Can West Virginia Catch a Break?

In their last 10 games, West Virginia is 1-9. In all of those games they’ve lost, they’ve hung around in the first half, but fizzle out when it’s all said and done. Kansas comes into Morgantown as the sixth-best team in the country, but seem to struggle at the coliseum, with a 3-6 record since 2013.

“We’ve had two or, three games where a bounce, a call, a turnover. Yeah, we could’ve won the game,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said on Friday.

Huggins went as far as to say that his team is due a break.

“I think we are,” Huggins said.

Gabe Osabuohien Could be in the Doghouse

On Friday during Huggins’ weekly press conference, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame finalist announced that Osabuohien wasn’t exactly a guarantee to play against the Jayhawks. The fifth-year senior was benched during the Kansas State game due to a coaching decision.

“Gabe is his own worst enemy,” Huggins said. “He’s got one more day of practice to figure it out and if he doesn’t, he will sit on the bench.”

During the game against Oklahoma State, Osabuohien talked too much to the officiating crew and was ejected from the contest. As Osabuohien walked off the floor, Huggins had a few not so nice words for the fifth-year senior. Osabuohien ended up sitting out Monday’s game against Kansas State, as Huggins benched him. After the game, Huggins made it clear that Osabuohien was going to suffer the consequences for his episode the prior game.

Osabuohien is averaging 4.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.7 blocks in 23 games this season.

Stripe the Coliseum

The WVU basketball program announced it will be a “Stripe the Coliseum” event against Kansas. If you’re attending the game, wear gold if your section is an even number. If it’s an odd number, wear blue.

Betting Lines

The spread for the West Virginia and Kansas game is -5 KU. The WVU money line is +170.

The over/under is 147.

How to Watch and Listen

You can watch West Virginia take on Kansas on Saturday, at 8 p.m., on ESPN. The Big 12 matchup will take place inside the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown.

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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