Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE
The Oklahoma Sooners are playing some of their best basketball offensively. Buddy Hield will most likely see some time against a struggling West Virginia team as he works himself back into the starting five before the NCAA Tournament.
For the third time this season, the Oklahoma Sooners will be facing the West Virginia Mountaineers at a third different venue. The first matchup between these two was hosted at a neutral site during the Old Spice Classic. It was a game in which many thought highly of the Bob Huggins coached team. However, the Sooners downed them 77-70 to take third at the tournament as the Mountaineers were slowly being exposed.
Are you sensing a theme of threes yet?
In the second matchup, Oklahoma traveled to Morgantown. This time, West Virginia was on three game winning streak and looked to extend that to four with a win over the Sooners. Once again, OU would put them away with a final score of 67-57. While it is extremely difficult to defeat a team three times in the same season, Lon Kruger will be looking to complete the feat against all odds as the Mountaineers head to Norman.
This late in the season, Bob Huggins' team has failed to produce a scorer who averages in double digits. Currently sitting at 9.4 points per contest, Eron Harris leads the team as a freshman. When seeing 25+ minutes, Harris has scored anywhere from 2 to 25 points. The talent is there but he is still raw and lacks consistency when playing at the D-I level.
Behind him is Deniz Kilicli and Aaric Murray both of whom are averaging just over 8 points per game. Combined these two will look to help West Virginia on the boards as they pull down 10 rebounds per outing. Needless to say, this looks like it will be a tall task for WVU on paper but the ever present ball handling factor down the stretch could play a key role yet again for both squads.
What will the Mountaineers be playing for? Simply put, it is all about seeding in the Big 12 Tournament with two games left on their schedule, the final game will be against Iowa St. A win over the Sooners could mean the difference in playing TCU versus playing Texas Tech in the first round, both teams WVU has swept in the regular season.
Look for the game to tip around 8:00 PM CST on Wednesday, March 6th!