|Points Per Game||85.8||82.1|
|Field Goal %||51.0||43.0|
|Rebounds Per Game||36.5||39.6|
|Assists Per Game||18.2||15.9|
|Blocks Per Game||4.9||5.1|
|Steals Per Game||7.4||9.9|
Over the last two games, the Mountaineers have shot rather poorly and have seen themselves in long scoring droughts. Typically when this happens, true freshman Teddy Allen is inserted to provide a spark off the bench, but he has gone ghost the past two games. West Virginia shot 31.1% from the field vs Baylor and shot 39% vs Texas Tech with multiple extended scoring droughts.
“JC doesn’t want to take that many shots, I don’t want him taking that many shots, but no one else could make shots so we put the ball in his hands,” Head Coach Bob Huggins said following the loss to Texas Tech.
Junior forward Esa Ahmad made his season debut in Lubbock and looked like a well-oiled machine for missing the first 16 games of the year. One year ago, Ahmad’s 27 points lifted the Mountaineers over Kansas for the teams fourth straight home win over the Jayhawks. Tonight, West Virginia is playing as a 6 point favorite over Kansas, according to most betting sites. In my opinion, if Ahmad can have a similar performance that he had a year ago, West Virginia should come out on top.
Winning the Big 12 goes through Kansas. The Jayhawks are a high scoring team averaging 85.8 points per game. With that being said, the shooting slumps cannot continue tonight. Hopefully, the Teddy Allen we all know will reappear and make an impact along with the veteran Esa Ahmad. This team can not keep depending on Jevon Carter to bail them out from game-to-game, guys like Daxter Miles Jr., Esa Ahmad, and Lamont West need to become steady and dependable.