Kansas got whistled for two fouls within the first 18 seconds of play, setting the tone for what would be another frustrating evening in Morgantown as Kansas fell to West Virginia by an 85-69 score.
West Virginia opened up the scoring with a free throw, but it would be Kansas who would lead early, taking leads of 11-8, 22-17, and 28-24. However, the Mountaineers would make a push toward the end of the first half and take a 38-35 lead into halftime.
The opening minutes of the second half were all West Virginia as the Mountaineers built a 44-35 lead. West Virginia would keep Kansas at arm’s length until KU mounted a run midway through the half, with the Jayhawks eventually taking a 59-58 lead on a Svi Myhailiuk three-pointer. That lead lasted but a few seconds, as West Virginia would score again quickly and take off on a 12-2 run. A Daxter Miles three with 1:57 to go put WVU up 78-66 and effectively ended the game. West Virginia would finish off KU 85-69.
This and That
Only a few students tried to rush the floor. Most people stayed in the stands.
Kansas has lost four in a row in the WVU Coliseum.
Not sure what the final total was, but late in the game, KU was 12/25 on 3s but just 5/14 on layups.
Josh Jackson had a good game offensively, leading KU with 22 points on 7-12 shooting, including 4-4. However, he did miss a dunk.
But defensively? Let’s just say Bill Self went to a 2-3 zone midway through the second half.
Once again, Kansas was whistled for more fouls than West Virginia, 22 to 18.
Kansas shot just 6-15 (40%) from the charity stripe.
West Virginia was 19-23 (82.6%).
Three pointers kept KU in the game until late in the second half. KU finished 13-29 (44.8%). Svi was just 2-8.
West Virginia was 8-20 from deep.
Kansas will travel to Lexington, KY to take on the University of Kentucky in what ESPN would have you believe is the most colossal matchup in college basketball, EVER. Tip is schedule for 5:15 PM Central Time on Saturday, January 28, from Rupp Arena.