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Oklahoma State Game is a Must-Win for West Virginia with Gauntlet Coming Up

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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – West Virginia enters Tuesday night’s matchup against Oklahoma State with a 12-2 record. It may seem like the Mountaineers are doing pretty well with that record; they are. But, unfortunately for WVU, after the Oklahoma State game, their schedule is brutal.

Schedule After OSU:

at No. 9 Kansas
vs. No. 1 Baylor
at No. 19 Texas Tech
vs. Oklahoma
at. Arkansas
at. No. 1 Baylor
vs. No. 19 Texas Tech
vs. No. 15 Iowa State

There won’t be many nights in the Big 12 this season where WVU can be comfortable going into their game. Mountaineers are facing an Oklahoma State team at home, that’s ineligible for the 2021 NCAA Tournament and has struggled to find their identity until their last game against Texas. This is why for West Virginia, Tuesday night’s game is a must-win situation.

With how brutal WVU’s schedule is over the next eight games, how can the Mountaineers be confident to make the NCAA Tournament? It appears as eight conference wins will do the job for any team in the Big 12, because of the NET rankings. West Virginia has one Big 12 win, seven more to go.

“You win eight games in this league, you’re going to raise up pretty good in the NET,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said on Monday. “Obviously you want to finish higher because they’re not going to seed somebody who won eight games over somebody that won 11 games.”

With home court advantage on WVU’s side, the Mountaineers need to take care of business against Oklahoma State.

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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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