The 28 points and 5 rebounds by Rodney McGruder helped the Wildcats to a 73-67 victory over Oklahoma State on January 5th. On top of his scoring average of 14.9 points per game, he delivers 5.5 rebounds per game. In a 57-53 victory over Texas on January 9th, Aaric Murray put up 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Mountaineers. He puts up a team-leading 10.6 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game, and 1.6 blocks per game. West Virginia will hope to exploit their strength in turnover percentage in this matchup. Their mark of 17.9 in this area ranks 2nd in the conference and 55th in the country.
West Virginia StatSmack
- Kansas State is a better three-point shooting team (32.7% vs 27.5%) than West Virginia this season.
- Diaper Dandies love us. Kansas State has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than West Virginia (4 vs 1).
- Kansas State has a better scoring defense (56.1 allowed per game vs 67.0 allowed per game) than West Virginia this season.
- Will Spradling is ranked 7th in the Big 12 in three-pointers and 9th in the Big 12 in assists.
- Kansas State is better at defending the three (26.4% allowed vs 34.7% allowed) than West Virginia this season.
- The Kansas State blocks leader (Jordan Henriquez) has more blocks than the West Virginia blocks leader (Aaric Murray).
- Kansas State has a better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (0.709 to 0.669).
- Kansas State players are more experienced than West Virginia players (12,488 minutes played vs 10,590 minutes played).
- Kansas State does a better job contesting shots (38.4% allowed vs 42.9% allowed) than West Virginia this season.
- The Kansas State scoring leader (Rodney McGruder) has more points than the West Virginia scoring leader (Juwan Staten).
- Thomas Gipson is ranked 9th in the Big 12 in rebounds.