West Virginia Hosts Top-Ranked Team For Sixth Time In School History

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Calling it perhaps Bill Self's best Kansas team, head coach Bob Huggins laid out the challenges of again topping the Jayhawks for a third straight season.

Led by a pair of experienced guards in Wayne Seldon, Jr. and Frank Mason, and first team All-Big 12 forward Perry Ellis, No. 1 Kansas has won 14 of its first 15 games, and started unbeaten over the first three league contests, including a 109-106 triple overtime home win against No. 2 Oklahoma. The Jayhawks are among the most experienced teams int he nation, and can go 10 deep with the bench, which could negate some of WVU's typical numbers advantage. KU is shooting 50 percent from the floor, including a sizzling 45.9 percent from three-point range, while averaging 88 points per game, second nationally behind the Citadel.

What makes the upset task even tougher for West Virginia - sixth nationally with 86 points per game - is that Kansas is showcasing its experience and understanding in key situations. The Jayhawks have elevated their level of play even from last season, when they went 27-9 and again won the Big 12 regular season title before reaching the conference postseason title game. It's difficult to frustrate Mason and Seldon, while four of five startrs are averaging double figures in a balanced attack. It's among the reasons head coach Bob Huggins says this is among the better teams Self has had, incluiding one national title team and one runn-up tp go with three Elite Eights in a dozen years with the program.

Huggins, above, details what the Mountaineers, up to 11th in the latest Associated Press poll and 10th in the Coaches, need to do to counter KU's shooting, and the keys to winning a third straight serries game in the Coliseum. Huggins also talks about the past games, and the differences in both teams between this season and last. He also delves into his expectations for the crowd as tickets near sell out status.


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