The Kansas Jayhawks (18-1, 6-0) will take the longest winning streak in the nation to Morgantown, WV on Monday night as part of ESPN’s Big Monday. The Jayhawks will look to extend their winning streak to 18 in a row in the first ever meeting between the two schools in hoops, and West Virginia is looking to get their season back on track with an upset win over the likely #1 ranked Jayhawks. The Mountaineers will display their first ever ‘Stripe the Coliseum’ look against Kansas on Monday night. Fans are encouraged to wear either blue or gold depending on their section in hopes of striping the coliseum. Striped usually make teams crumble so clearly this is their goal.
Adidas made Kansas new uniforms that will make their debut on Monday night against West Virginia.
As mentioned, Monday’s game against WVU will be the first between the two schools in Men’s Basketball. However, KU has faced Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins before. Huggins is 0-4 against Kansas in his career.
West Virginia (9-10, 2-4) averages 67.2 points per game this season while only allowing teams to score 66.7 ppg. The Mountaineers do use a lot of players throughout their games. A total of 10 players average 12 + minutes per game, and all 10 players have started at least two games this season. Center Aaric Murray leads West Virginia in scoring at 9.6 ppg, but closely behind Murray (by one point) with 9.6 ppg is guard Juwan Staten. Murray also leads WVU is field goal percentage (49.2%) rebound average (6.7 rpg) and had 29 blocked shots this season. Staten leads the team in both assists and steals. Guard Terry Henderson is second on the team in made three point attempts to go along with his 8.0 ppg. Guard Jabarie Hinds averages 7.9 ppg and is the only WVU player to have started every game this season. Guard Eron Harris leads the team in made three point attempts this season. Forward Deniz Kilicli chips in 7.5 ppg and 4.4 rpg.
Kansas averages 74.6 ppg this season while only allowing opponents to score 58.8 ppg. The Jayhawks lead the Big 12 in scoring margin at +15.8. Kansas also leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage (48%), three point field goal percentage (36.5%), field goal percentage defense (34.9%) and blocked shots (7.6 bpg). The Jayhawks are led by freshman Ben McLemore’s 16.2 ppg, which continues to lead all Big 12 freshman and ranks 2nd overall in the Big 12. McLemore leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage (51%), three point field goal percentage (45.6%) and free throw percentage (88.0%). McLemore leads Kansas in made three point attempts and is 2nd on the team in steals. Center Jeff Withey leads KU in rebounding at 8.4 rpg, and has a total of 7 double doubles this season. Withey leads the Big 12 in blocked shots at 4.3 bpg, which ranks 2nd nationally to go along with his 13.0 ppg. Guard Travis Releford continues to shoot well from the field (65.6% over his last 10 games) to go along with his 12.7 ppg. Guard Elijah Johnson leads Kansas in assists and is second on the team in made three point attempts to complement his 9.5 ppg.
Tip at 8:00 pm.
When West Virginia wins they throw sweet dance parties.