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West Virginia to Play Kansas State in First Round of Big 12 Conference Tournament

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As Oklahoma defeated Kansas State 78-71 on Saturday night, it was determined that West Virginia will match up with the Wildcats in the first round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament.

Since Oklahoma State is ineligible for any postseason play, there will only be nine schools participating in the tournament. The winner between WVU and KSU will take on the No. 1 seed on Thursday.

Back on Jan. 8, the Wildcats made the trip to Morgantown short-handed. Kansas State was without head coach Bruce Weber, as well as multiple players due to COVID health and safety protocols. The Mountaineers ended up winning this game, 71-68.

West Virginia started slow, but a great second half performance by Sean McNeil put the team in a position to steal the game away from the Wildcats. McNeil finished the game with 26 points, with 19 of those coming in the second half. The senior guard shot 9-of-15 and 4-of-6 from three. WVU knocked down their free-throws at the end of the game and secured their first win the Big 12.

On Feb. 14, Kansas State took the second game between the two, in Manhattan, KS. The Wildcats won 78-73. The Mountaineers had a great scoring half in the first, but had another scoring drought in the second half, letting KSU get back into the game.

West Virginia and Kansas State are set to tip off in Kansas City on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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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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