Anytime West Virginia has played Kansas it has turned into must-see TV. When the Mountaineers hosted the Jayhawks on February 16th, Juwan Staten scored with a few seconds remaining, but a hectic scramble led to Perry Ellis having a layup opportunity to win at the buzzer, as his finger roll rolled off the basket and gave West Virginia a wild home victory.
Last night, the Mountaineers went up 18 at Allen Fieldhouse without Staten and Gary Browne, and led by 14 at the break. Kansas furiously rallied back, forcing the game into overtime with two free throws with 11 seconds remaining. In overtime, Frank Mason III scored the final six points and secured the outright Big 12 championship for the Jayhawks, their 11th in a row. Staten and Browne’s statuses for the game against Oklahoma State are still unknown.
With one game remaining against Oklahoma State on March 7th, West Virginia is in a tie for fourth with Baylor, while training Oklahoma and Iowa State by one game. There is still some shuffling to be done before the Big 12 conference tournament kicks off.
The Mountaineers took down the Cowboys on the road on February 21st by 10 points. After taking down Kansas, Oklahoma State and Texas in three consecutive games, West Virginia has lost back-to-back road games to Baylor and Kansas.
According to TiqIQ.com, the average ticket price for Saturday’s game is $104.07 with a walk-in price of $56. It will be Senior Night for the Mountaineers, so any fans looking to support West Virginia in their final home game can use Hipmunk.com to book flights to Pittsburgh International. Make it a weekend trip by booking hotels near Pittsburgh International through Hipmunk as well.
The Mountaineers are going to be a tough out in the NCAA Tournament with their full court pressure and overall defense. If they make shots from the outside and Staten is healthy, they have a chance to make a lot of noise in this year’s field.