West Virginia Looks For First Ever 3-0 Start to Big 12 Play

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia has won its first two Big 12 games for the fourth consecutive season. Now, the Mountaineers face a sweet shooting Oklahoma State team in a bid to win their first three conference contests for the first time since the conference move.

The No. 17 Mountaineers (13-1, 2-0), off a trio of true road wins over Virginia Tech, Kansas State and TCU, are now tasked with a daunting slate that includes OSU, No. 1 Kansas and No. 2 Oklahoma over the next three games. The Cowboys (9-5, 1-1) enter off a split of their first two Big 12 games, and could again be without guard Phil Forte. The senior hyperextended his elbow in the third game against Towson, and has not played since. With the Oklahoma State staff considering a redshirt, Forte's status is listed as day-to-day, and though the backcourt of Jawun Events and Jeff Newberry have filled in nicely, both averaging more than 10 points per game.

In what figures to be a perimeter-based game, West Virginia forward Devin Williams and guard Jaysean Paige detail the difficulties in facing a team that shoots it effectively from three-point range, and how Williams figures to match-up inside against 7-0 center Anthony Allen and 6-7 forward Leyton Hammonds (10.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg). Paige also discusses the team development over the road trip, and what the film review has shown about turnovers, which continue to plague WVU at times. Paige also gives his thoughts on his role as a sixth man, and how he and Tarik Phillip work off each other and the communication, both in the game and on the bench, between the two.


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