West Virginia vs. Kansas State: Full Game Preview
|West Virginia||E Harris 9.2||A Murray 6.4||J Staten 3.1|
|Kansas State||R McGruder 15.0||T Gipson 5.3||A Rodriguez 5.0|
On Monday, West Virginia heads to Bramlage Coliseum to take on No. 10 Kansas State. It takes place at 9 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN. The Mountaineers fell to the Wildcats 65-64 on Jan. 12 and are 1-1 against them over the last four years.
West Virginia is seventh in the conference and Kansas State is first. Both teams continue to jockey for position.
The 25 points and 8 rebounds by Deniz Kilicli helped the Mountaineers to a 66-64 victory over Texas Tech on Feb. 16. He contributes 4.3 rebounds per game in addition to his 8.6 points per game. For the Wildcats, Angel Rodriguez put up 22 points and 5 rebounds in the 81-61 blowout of Baylor on Feb. 16. He leads the team in assists with 5 per game and steals with 1.4 per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Kansas State is strong in the following categories: offensive rebounding percentage at 38.8 percent and turnover percentage at 18.1 percent.
Kansas State StatSmack
- AP voters think more highly of West Virginia and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Kansas State (76 vs. 54).
- Juwan Staten is ranked 8th in the Big 12 in assists.
- The West Virginia rebounding leader (Aaric Murray, 147 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Kansas State rebounding leader (Thomas Gipson, 130 rebounds).
- The West Virginia basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Kansas State (71 percent vs. 40 percent).
- West Virginia has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Kansas State (one vs. zero).
- West Virginia has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Kansas State (seven vs. four).
- West Virginia has a better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (61.3 percent to 57.0 percent).
- West Virginia has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Kansas State (12 vs. six).
- Over the past 10 years, West Virginia has had more players drafted by the NBA than Kansas State (three vs. two).
- West Virginia has a stronger schedule (including future opponents) than Kansas State this season (Projected SOS Rank: No. 26 vs. No. 57).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? West Virginia currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (979 to 960) than Kansas State, per the NCAA.