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Mountaineers Face a Tough Challenge in Norman



Team Stats

Points Per Game81.089.9
Points Against67.082.0
Field Goal %42.848.1
Rebounds Per Game39.140.1
Assists Per Game15.516.6
Blocks Per Game5.05.2
Steals Per Game8.77.0



Time: 9:00 pm est


Location: Norman Oklahoma. Lloyd Noble Center



The #17 West Virginia Mountaineers (17-6 6-4) head to Norman to take on the #19 Oklahoma Sooners (16-6 6-4).

West Virginia won the first meeting in Morgantown behind some great defense, holding the freshman sensation Trae Young to be one dimensional. He got his season average in points (29) but was held to five assists and eight turnovers.

Oklahoma came into the game averaging 95 points a game and the Mountaineers held them to 76 points. The success was great off the ball defense and not allowing Young to bring the ball up the floor and denying him the ball.

Both teams were riding winning streaks coming into the last game. Oklahoma has now lost four out of the last six and is coming off a loss to rival Texas on Saturday in Austin. West Virginia just ended their three-game skid with a win over Kansas State Saturday evening in Morgantown.

Trae Young is still at it during conference play. He is averaging 29.8 points per game in the season, but inside the Big XII, he is averaging 32.2. He’s had three 40 plus games since the game in Morgantown.

Young and the Sooners have the number one offense in the country at 89.9 points per game and they have been nearly as efficient as the best offense in Big XII play at 85.9.

Their struggles have been on defense. Ranking last in the conference and 333rd out of 351 teams in scoring defense (82.0).

Along with Trae Young, here are the Sooner starters and their stats the last time out against the Mountaineers:

Junior guard Christian James (6’4” 218-lbs) had seven points, three rebounds, two steals and four turnovers.  Averaging 11.8 points per game and 38.7% from behind the arc.

Freshman forward Brady Manek (6’9” 215-lbs) was held scoreless after coming off a 28-point game against Oklahoma State.  Averages 11.3 points per game and 5.5 points per game.

Junior guard Rashard Odomes (6’6” 212-lbs) went 4-6 from the field with 11 points.  Averaging 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

Senior forward Khadeem Lattin (6-9 212-lbs) had five points and three rebounds.  Averages 8.0 and 6.5 rebounds per game.

Coming off the bench.

Sophomore guard Kameron McGusty (6’5” 191-lbs) had ten points and four rebounds.  Averaging 7.7 points per game on the year.

Junior center Jamuni McNeace (6’10” 215-lbs) went 6-7 from the field for 12 points and eight rebounds.  Averaging 5.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

Sophomore forward Matt Freeman (6’10” 224-lbs) was held scoreless. Averaging 3.2 points per game.

Sophomore guard Jordan Shepherd (6’2” 180-lbs) has one assist.  Averaging 3.0 points per game.

Freshman forward Kristian Doolittle (6’7” 236-lbs) had two points and three rebounds. Averaging 1.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

There were four Mountaineers that scored in double figures in the game inside the WVU Coliseum. West Virginia freshman forward Teddy Allen came off the bench and led the Mountaineers in scoring with 20 points.

Forward Lamont West put up 17 points and grabbed four rebounds.

Forward Sagaba Konate had one of his five double-doubles on the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Guard Jevon Carter finished the game with a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists.  Along with his offense he had three steals. Carter shadowed Young all night and as a result, Trae had one of his worst performances of the year.

West Virginia just came off their best defensive performance since the last time they played Oklahoma. If they can have the same outing they did in Early January when these two met, they can steal one on the road.

That’s a lot to ask of a team that is still dealing with the Flu, was in Iowa on Wednesday and on another one game turnaround traveling halfway across the country again.

Oklahoma fans will be fired up and the Sooners are looking for revenge.  It will be a tough environment.  This would be a huge win if the Mountaineers can pull this one out.

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