Kansas vs. West Virginia: Full Game Preview

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Kansas vs. West Virginia: Full Game Preview
(2) Kansas
(18-1, 4-0 away)
West Virginia
(9-10, 7-2 home)
Venue: WVU Coliseum
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, January 28, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Kansas B McLemore 16.1 J Withey 8.3 E Johnson 4.8
West Virginia A Murray 10.0 A Murray 6.7 J Staten 2.9

On Monday, No. 2 Kansas visits WVU Coliseum to take on West Virginia. The game gets underway at 9:00 EST and it can be seen on ESPN.

Kansas is in 1st place in the conference, West Virginia is in 7th place.

In their last match-up, Ben McLemore finished with 18 points and 7 rebounds in the Jayhawks 67-54 victory over Oklahoma on January 26th. He leads the team with 16.1 points per game. For the Mountaineers, Aaric Murray put up 11 points and 10 rebounds in the 80-66 loss to Oklahoma State on January 26th. He contributes a team-leading 10.0 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game, and 1.6 blocks per game.

Kansas looks to have the advantage in three significant areas. The Jayhawks have an edge in blocked shots, seven per game to three per game, which could have a big impact in this game on defense. In addition, Kansas has an advantage in field goal percentage, 48% to 39%. Finally, the Jayhawks have the upper hand in scoring as well, 74 points per game to 66 points per game. Areas of strength for West Virginia include: offensive rebounding percentage at 37.8 and turnover percentage at 18.3.

West Virginia StatSmack

  • Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Kansas has recruited more Top 50 high school players than West Virginia (23 vs 3).
  • Keep filling up on cupcakes. Kansas has a stronger schedule than West Virginia this season (SOS Rank: #4 vs #38).
  • The Kansas scoring leader (Ben McLemore) has more points than the West Virginia scoring leader (Juwan Staten).
  • The Kansas blocks leader (Jeff Withey) has more blocks than the West Virginia blocks leader (Aaric Murray).
  • The Kansas rebounding leader (Jeff Withey) has more rebounds than the West Virginia rebounding leader (Aaric Murray).
  • Even computers respect Kansas more. We have a better RPI this season than West Virginia (RPI: #3 vs #73).
  • We just win. Kansas has more wins over the last 5 years than West Virginia (175 vs 127).
  • Kansas has a better scoring defense (59.0 allowed per game vs 67.0 allowed per game) than West Virginia this season.
  • Naadir Tharpe is ranked 10th in the Big 12 in assists.
  • Kansas has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (0.827 to 0.600).
  • AP voters think more highly of Kansas and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than West Virginia (184 vs 76).
KU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Ben McLemore 31 16 6 2 1 1 2
A Jeff Withey 31 13 8 1 1 4 2
B+ Travis Releford 34 13 4 3 1 0 2
B Elijah Johnson 31 9 3 5 1 0 3
B Kevin Young 22 7 7 1 1 0 1
C+ Perry Ellis 14 5 4 1 0 0 1
C Naadir Tharpe 18 5 1 2 1 0 1
C Jamari Traylor 11 2 3 0 1 1 1
C- A. White III 6 3 2 0 0 0 1
C- Tyler Self 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
C- Evan Manning 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
C- Niko Roberts 3 1 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Rio Adams 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ C. Garrett 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Justin Wesley 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
WVU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Aaric Murray 22 10 7 1 1 2 1
C+ Juwan Staten 30 10 3 3 1 0 2
C Terry Henderson 21 8 3 1 1 0 1
C Gary Browne 22 7 3 2 1 0 1
C Jabarie Hinds 23 8 2 2 1 0 2
C Eron Harris 17 7 2 1 1 0 1
C Deniz Kilicli 20 7 4 1 0 0 2
C- Keaton Miles 14 3 2 1 1 1 0
C- Kevin Noreen 17 3 4 1 0 0 1
D+ D. Rutledge 13 3 4 1 1 0 1
D+ Matt Humphrey 11 5 2 0 1 0 1
D Aaron Brown 7 2 1 1 0 0 0
D Volodymyr Gerun 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Richard Romeo 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Aric Dickerson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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