Kansas, West Virginia Meet For First Time

The Kansas Jayhawks received an honor Monday, as they will head to Morgantown, to face West Virginia, ranked number one in the coaches poll.

The Kansas Jayhawks received an honor Monday, as they will head to Morgantown, to face West Virginia, ranked number one in the coaches poll.

The Jayhawks are ranked second in the AP poll behind Michigan, who is second in the other poll.

Despite the top billing, Kansas coach Bill Self was wary following Saturday's 67-54 win over Oklahoma.

"No, nor are we deserving," Self said, when asked if he thought his team was ready for the challenge of the top spot. "Somebody's got to do it, so if it were us, that'd be great. I never would have thought before the season this team could be ranked number one at the time, so that's great for our kids."

Kansas (18-1, 5-0) will ride a 17-game winning to Morgantown to face a Mountaineers (9-10, 2-4) team that is struggling much more than in the past, which is not the way coach Bob Huggins wanted to go into the Big 12 in year number one.

West Virginia comes into tonight's game reeling, after an 80-66 loss at Oklahoma State, Saturday. Their lowest point in the season came two weeks ago, when they were blown out at Purdue 79-52, a game that left Huggins embarrassed and apologetic after.

Still, the Jayhawks know that they will get the Mountaineers best show, Monday night at WVU Coliseum. The game is late start locally on Big Monday and with the game being the first meeting between the two schools, it could be a game that could get West Virginia back on track, should they pull the upset.

Kansas will be facing a team that shoots the ball poorly as team, but like most Bob Huggins teams, West Virginia defends the ball well, ranking in the top third, nationally. They also rebound the ball well, especially on the offensive glass, where they ranked in the top 25, led by three guys, who are 6-9 or taller and weigh between 245 and 260 pounds.

"It's a typical Hugs (Huggins) team, they play fast, drive it, drive it, drive it," Self said. "You have to be able to guard the ball in transition and of course, they're going to rebound it, but it will be a very physical game, one that will be one of the more physical game we play this year."


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