West Virginia vs. Oklahoma: Full Game Preview
|West Virginia||E Harris 9.4||A Murray 6.0||J Staten 3.4|
|Oklahoma||R Osby 15.2||R Osby 7.1||S Grooms 2.9|
On Wednesday, West Virginia heads to Lloyd Noble Center to take on Oklahoma. It gets started at 9 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN 2. The Mountaineers lost to the Sooners 67-57 on Jan. 5 and are 0-2 against them over the last four years.
West Virginia is seventh in the conference and Oklahoma is fourth. Both teams continue to jockey for position.
In their last game on Mar. 2, Terry Henderson put up 20 points for the Mountaineers in a loss to Kansas, 91-65. He is averaging 7.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. In an 86-69 victory over Iowa State on Mar. 2, Romero Osby put up 22 points and nine rebounds for the Sooners. He puts up a team-leading 15.2 points per game, 7.1 rebounds per game, and 0.9 blocks per game. One category in which Oklahoma is especially proficient is turnover percentage at 18.1, ranking second in their conference (and 69th nationally).
- West Virginia has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Oklahoma (seven vs. five).
- West Virginia has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (63.7 percent to 57.6 percent).
- Juwan Staten is ranked 9th in the Big 12 in assists.
- The West Virginia blocks leader (Aaric Murray, 40 blocks) has more blocks than the Oklahoma blocks leader (Romero Osby, 25 blocks).
- The West Virginia steals leader (Juwan Staten, 35 steals) has more steals than the Oklahoma steals leader (Steven Pledger, 30 steals).
- West Virginia is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on West Virginia is 212 lbs compared to 203 lbs for Oklahoma.
- West Virginia has more wins over the last 5 years than Oklahoma (133 vs. 114).
- The West Virginia basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Oklahoma (71 percent vs. 55 percent).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? West Virginia currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (979 to 956) than Oklahoma, per the NCAA.