Long the Dome of Doom for Kansas, it lived up to its reputation as the Mountaineers knocked off the No. 1 Jayhawks, 85-69, to end their 18-game winning streak, while also ending their own two-game losing streak.
Winning on the road in the Big 12 is a tall task.
"Well, to be quite candid, I don't think we played exceptionally well here but I think that West Virginia has a good team", Kansas head coach Bill Self said". Each has come up with the same simple answer - be smart, stay poised and attack. With Ahmad flash along the baseline, Adrian zipped a diagonal pass that victimized Jackson at the rear of the 2-3 zone. And they do a great job of rotating and also just trapping and playing with unbelievable energy.
Ahmad led West Virginia in scoring over the first two months of the season but entered Tuesday's game with four straight games in single digits.
Each of those statistics is related in some way, and Kansas' goal of preventing the Mountaineers from flourishing in each of those areas will come down to how cool, calm and collected the Jayhawks can remain when these two teams are out there flying around the floor. While Carter on the other hand is overlooked and forced to lead the league in steals to get any recognition: Bob Huggins throws Press Virginia down opponent's throats.
We'll see you at the Coliseum later tonight.
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Gabby Williams had a triple-double and No. 1 CT extended its NCAA-record winning streak to 94 games by beating East Carolina 91-44 on Tuesday night. But that was their last lead.
Of course, nothing would go further in helping WVU get back on track than a strong effort against Kansas in front of what figures to be a wild and rocking home crowd.
Huggins expects few slipups from Kansas this time.
This is one they should store in the memory bank for March in case they meet another team like Kansas with the guards equipped to handle pressure.
Said Self, whose team is set to kick off a nasty, three-game stretch at No. 18 West Virginia, at No. 4 Kentucky and home vs. "We've still got to challenge their shot, we've still got to be in the right positions, and we weren't very often".
Self admits he would have taken 13 turnovers coming into the game, but afterward he was not pleased.
Against the underdog Sooners, West Virginia had to force overtime for a chance to win. He finished with 15 points on 16 shots, and had more turnovers (3) than assists (2). But the one way to limit just how many of those clutch plays they might need starts with turning up the defensive intensity and getting easy buckets in the first five minutes. They simply can not guard.and sometimes the effort just isn't there.
"It feels great to me, and knowing I've lost twice there, I feel like it's our time to go in there and get us one this year", Macon said. Nathan Adrian had 11 and Tarik Phillip 10. Jevon Carter led the team in rebounds with 8.
West Virginia played with so much energy, so much intensity and so much passion.
Self recently said he thought KU was ranked high because of its impressive record, but he added that, since opening the season against IN and Duke, the Jayhawks had not truly been tested the way they will IN the next three weeks.
West Virginia was 8-20 from deep.
"I know he knows he can learn from this game and know if this happens in the (NCAA) tournament and a team tries to do that we have to find a different way to win the game". It had won 18 in a row, a run that included wins over Duke, Kansas State and Iowa State.