The 8th ranked Kansas Jayhawks are working on strengthening their case for a number one seed, and they need a win on the road against a desperate West Virginia Mountaineer squad that needs a win to help their case for an at large bid in the NCAA Tournament
THE GAME: Kansas Jayhawks (23-6, 14-3) Vs West Virginia Mountaineers (16-14, 8-9)
THE PLACE: WVU Coliseum – Morgantown, West Virginia
THE TIME: Saturday, March 8th, 11:00 a.m. CST
THE NETWORK: ESPN
LIVE STREAM: ESPN.Go.com/watchespn
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THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. STOPPING STATEN: West Virginia guard Juwan Staten may be the most improved player in the Big 12. He averages 18.2 points a game, 5.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.2 steals. He should be getting more consideration than he is for Big 12 Player of the Year. If he played for a team having just a little bit more success, he might be the front runner. If Kansas can contain him, it could be a long day for the Mountaineers. It won’t be easy. Kansas will have a hard time guarding him.
2. REPLACING EMBIID: Tarik Black did an incredible job filling in for Joel Embiid Wednesday night. The senior went 9 for 9 from the field to score a season high 19 points. He brought physicality and enthusiasm to the game in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks will need that again against the Mountaineers. Things probably won’t go as smoothly for Black and the Jayhawks in a hostile environment, so Black, Jamari Traylor, and Landen Lucas, as a group, will be called on to fill in for Kansas’ injured center.
3. ROAD INTENSITY: Kansas has struggled most of the season to play with the same intensity they show at home. They cannot afford to be complacent Saturday against West Virginia. They need to be fired up and focused from the opening tip to offset the determination West Virginia will have as they try to impress the tournament committee with a big win over a top 10 team. If Kansas comes out flat and lackluster like they tend to do on the road, they probably won’t escape with a win.