LAWRENCE — Preview and players to watch ahead of Tuesday’s Big 12 college basketball Top 10 showdown between No. 3 Kansas and No. 7 West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse here in Lawrence.
No. 3 Kansas (7-1, 1-0) vs. No. 7 West Virginia (7-1, 1-0) At Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST
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STORYLINE PREVIEW: Kansas (7-1, 1-0 Big 12), which recently moved up two places in the college basketball top 25 rankings, head into this matchup on a seven-game winning streak and defeated then-No. 14 Texas Tech the last time out. West Virginia, meanwhile, has also been solid this season and heads into this contest on a four-game winning run. The Mountaineers (7-1, 1-0 Big 12) picked up a 70-65 victory over Iowa State last Friday night in their last outing.
When the Jayhawks take the court on Tuesday night, they will go in search of their fourth successive win over Big 12 ranked opponents. The last time Kansas lost vs a conference ranked opponent was against the then-No. 4 Baylor Bears, 67-55 on Jan. 11.
In its last four home game wins, Kansas is scoring an average of 80.5 points and holding its opponents to 59.3.
Meanwhile, the Jayhawks will be the third ranked opponent West Virginia faces this season, following a defeat against No. 1 Gonzaga and a victory over then-No. 19 Richmond.
LEADING PLAYERS: Ochai Agbaji is averaging 15.3 points with 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals for the Jayhawks through eight games so far. Jalen Wilson is putting 14.3 points and eight rebounds, while Christian Braun is also scoring in double figures per game this season, at 10.6 points to go with his 6.1 rebounds.
For the Mountaineers, Miles McBride is leading the team with 15.0 points, 4.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game, while Derek Culver has averaged 14.4 points and 10.9 rebounds across eight games so far. Guards Taz Sherman (12.1 ppg) and Sean McNeil (10.0 ppg) are also averaging double-digits for West Virginia.
Kansas’ 78.6 points per game is ranked second in the Big 12 behind Baylor and Oklahoma. West Virginia is ranked 5th in the conference with 76.0 points per game.
The Jayhawks are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game, which is the best in the league. The Mountaineers are pulling down 40.9 per contest for third.