The Mountaineers are just a few days removed from a 20-point loss at the hands of Iowa State and have lost games to the Cyclones, Oklahoma and Baylor by a combined 57 points in the last two weeks. Meanwhile Kansas has started to separate itself from the pack in a talented Big 12 Conference this season by winning seven of its last eight games.
Although it's the middle of February, tonight will be the first meeting of the season between West Virginia and the Jayhawks, with WVU's trip to Lawrence coming late in the season at the beginning of March. With KU sitting atop the Big 12 standings with a 10-2 mark and the only team in the league with fewer than four conference losses, veteran West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins is expecting the Mountaineers to get all they can handle from the Jayhawks on Big Monday.
"As usual, they're very talented. I think they've done a great job of adjusting from being a team that was more comfortable scoring with the ball close and I think they've got three or four guys shooting better than 40 percent from three," Huggins said Monday during the Big 12 coaches teleconference. "They've really adjusted and they're making a lot of perimeter shots."
Kansas brings one of the most talented rosters in college basketball into the Coliseum tonight, with Frank Mason, Wayne Selden and Kelly Oubre anchoring the backcourt and big men like Perry Ellis and Cliff Alexander leading the way into battle against West Virginia's bigs.
Mason and Selden are both among the best in the league when it comes to not turning the ball over, which should be a big boost for the Jayhawks against the WVU pressure, and Kansas has been one of the top 20 rebounding teams in the country this season.,/p>
WVU sophomore forward Brandon Watkins missed Saturday's loss to Iowa State and is listed as day-to-day, according to the school, with a sprained left MCL.