West Virginia Readies To Challenge Big 12 Favorite, And Top-Ranked Kansas

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - As West Virginia continues preparation for No. 1 Kansas, three Mountaineers provide some insight as to key match-ups and how to begin to negate the Jayhawks' shooting prowess and ability to score from anywhere on the floor.

First, Elijah Macon, above, speaks to the challenges Kansas presents in terms of experience and its ability to consistently hit from three-point range. Macon also details the play of primary interior threat Perry Ellis and how the Jayhawks work inside-out to create clean looks at the rim. In this BlueGoldNews.com exclusive, Macon also discusses the overall match-ups between WVU and Kansas, and if some teams and styles are simply difficult for others, and whether West Virginia's style is a bad fit for KU, which is 1-1 against the Mountaineers in each of the last two seasons, with one win coming via an 18-point rally.

Next, Jaysean Paige delves into what West Virginia must do defensively to limit Kansas' explosiveness, and how an opponent can begin to break down a Kansas team that starts two juniors and two seniors, and has exceptionally balanced scoring. Paige also talks about how much effort the Mountaineers must play with on Tuesday, and how without superior energy, the team won't have a chance for a third straight home win over Kansas. Paige also details Frank Mason's game and what has allowed the guard to average 13.5 points and, perhaps more surprisingly, 4.6 rebounds per game - second only to Ellis in the starting line-up.

And finally, Devin Williams weighs in on playing the top two teams in the nation in the same week - WVU plays at No. 2 Oklahoma on Saturday - and how much he hopes his teammates, and the fan base, takes a moment to appreciate the opportunity and how solid a season West Virginia is putting together. Williams also reflects on some past games against Kansas, and what has allowed the Mountaineers to have success against what is historically the best Big 12 program. 

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