No. 15 West Virginia will continue conference play tonight as the Mountaineers travel to Norman, Okla., to face the No. 21 Oklahoma Sooners.
The Mountaineers (18-3, 6-2) are coming off their third- straight victory. On Saturday, West Virginia soared past Texas Tech, downing the Red Raiders 77-58.
In that game, Devin Williams led West Virginia in scoring. The sophomore forward scored 18 points, while Daxter Miles Jr. scored 12 and Juwan Staten chipped in with 11.
With its win over Texas Tech, West Virginia claimed its sixth Big 12 win, and now the Mountaineers sit behind only Kansas in the conference standings.
Staten continues to lead the way, averaging 14.8 points per contest. Behind him is Williams who is averaging 11.3 points per game.
The Mountaineers’ defense continues to aid the team through conference play. West Virginia is forcing opponents to turn the ball over on average 22.3 turnovers per game. Against Texas Tech, the Mountaineers forced 26 turnovers.
West Virginia is only surrendering the ball on average 12.3 times a game. That makes for a plus 10-turnover margin. The Mountaineers are also averaging 12.4 steals per game.
“Well, I think this team is tailor-made to press,” said Staten following the Texas Tech game. “We have a lot of bodies; it’s the most athletic team I’ve ever been on. We have a lot of quickness.”
West Virginia’s press defense is not only causing turnovers, but also causing frustration amongst opponents. It was evident against Texas Tech as the Red Raiders lost their composure during the game.
“How about if you were walking down the street and someone just got in front of you and just kind of was about three inches from your face for a couple blocks,” said head coach Bob Huggins after his team’s win last weekend. “Would it bother you? That’s what it is. It’s constant pressure, it’s what nobody wants to play against, what nobody wants in their life.”
Oklahoma (14-7, 5-4) is coming off a road victory, as they beat Oklahoma State 54-56.
The Sooners had four different players score in double-digits in that game. Jordan Woodard led Oklahoma in scoring. Woodard scored 17 points versus the Cowboys, while Buddy Hield scored 15.
For the Sooners, Hield is leading Oklahoma in scoring on the season. He’s averaging 17.5 points per game. Behind him is Isaiah Cousins who is averaging 12.
Oklahoma is shooing 44 percent from the floor and 34 percent from beyond the arc.
Against the Cowboys, the Sooners shot 40 percent from the floor and 42 percent from 3-point land.
This will be the second meeting between the Sooners and Mountaineers. In the two’s last outing, West Virginia throttled Oklahoma, 86-65, in Morgantown.
The Sooners have strung together two straight wins, while the Mountaineers are riding a three-game win streak heading into tonight’s matchup.
West Virginia and Oklahoma will tip off at 8:00 p.m. tonight and the game will broadcast live on ESPN2.