The primary issue for the No. 10 Mountaineers against Texas was the Longhorns' ability to attack the interior, forcing the WVU bigs to help inside. That opened perimeter shots, and UT was able to knock down 10-of-22 in the 85-78 win. No. 3 Oklahoma, among the best outside shooting teams in the nation, wants to do the same, but will settle for far more spot up jumpers from the perimeter than would Texas. And with good reason. OU ranks first in the conference in three-point percentage at 43.6, and second in scoring, averaging 82.8 points per game. Of course, West Virginia leads the Big 12 in scoring defense (65.6 ppg) and is second in three point defense, allowing foes to shoot just 31.1 percent. Something has to give in the match-up, and Jevon Carter, above, and Nathan Adrian detail what the Mountaineers' approach will be to limit Oklahoma's looks.
Adrian, below, also delves into the potential use of other defenses besides man if the Mountaineers become fatigued. It was an issue at times against Texas without both Daxter Miles (hamstring) and Jaysean Paige (ankle), which left the backcourt with just three players in Carter, Phillip and Teyvon Mayers. Might WVU drop into one of its zones, or perhaps lessen the pressure, using two players up front in the press instead of the more aggressive 1-2 look at the top?