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WVU Basketball: No. 10 WVU Looks To Keep Rolling vs. Kansas State

Eers won 64-47 In First Matchup

West Virginia forward Derek Culver (1) goes up for a shot as TCU's Jaedon LeDee, bottom, defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The West Virginia men’s basketball team looks to extend its winning streak to three games as it hosts Kansas State Saturday.

Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m. with the game being broadcast on ESPN2.

In their first matchup on Jan. 23, the Mountaineers secured a 69-47 victory over the Wildcats.

Kansas State, though, has won its past two games including its most recent outing, a 62-57 triumph over No. 7 Oklahoma on Feb. 23.

“I told our guys (Thursday) that they are very similar to what Jordan (McCabe), Emmitt (Matthews Jr.) , Derek (Culver) and that crew was for us,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “We struggled early and by the end of the regular season, we go and make a run in the conference tournament because those guys had grown up a lot. I think that’s where K-State is. They’ve grown up. They’re playing really well.”

Nijel Pack leads the way for the Wildcats offense as he has netted 12.1 points a game while Mike McGuirl has chipped in 11.8 per contest.

McGuirl paced Kansas State against the Sooners with 19 points going 5 of 9 from behind the 3-point arc.

“I think it’s McGuirl against Oklahoma, he made three 3s down the stretch,” Huggins said. “He’s really their only senior, but their young kids are playing really well. They’re getting to the foul line, they got guys making shots, they got guys that can bounce it and rebound the ball better. (Kansas State Coach) Bruce (Weber) is got them playing really well defensively, they don’t extend themselves. I told our guys it’s similar to playing Virginia. You’re not going to get much inside the 3.”

Miles McBride leads the WVU offense as he is averaging 16.1 points per game while Culver is averaging a double-double (15.1 points, 10.3 rebounds).

Taz Sherman has issued 13.2 points per contest for the Mountaineers and Sean McNeil rounds out the double figure scorers with 11.5.

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