As odd as a request as this might seem: Put away those standings numbers for a second. The showdown between No.9 Kansas and No.20 West Virginia is the ultimate revenge game.
Sure the Eers are coming off a painful 78-66 loss to Baylor that saw the Bears maintain the lead throught the tilt. But the young WVU team will be out for blood, after handing Kansas an ache-inducing 62-61 loss back on February 16. Needless to say, the Jayhawks won’t stand for another result such as that as the series moves to their home turf Tuesday night.
This second-to-last bout of the regular season is also the stepping stone for Kansas to clinch their 11th straight conference title with the opportunity to snag a final home victory before hitting the road and ending the season against Oklahoma.
WVU is only two games behind the Jayhawks in the conference standings, and a roadie win at Allen Fieldhouse would help them end the season on a bit of a high note. What could they do to potentially take away from their previous win that could benefit them on Tuesday? Hopefully Juwan Staten can make it through this game without any leg cramps, for starters. But if Perry Ellis wants to put up the numbers he did in the previous meetup with the Mountaineers–maybe with a little help from Frank Mason III–that would help Kansas’ chances.
Keep in mind though, there will be a change of scenery. Kansas has only lost one at home this regular season. What are the chances that they let WVU into their house and get upset again?
Tip off for the rematch between Kansas and West Virginia is scheduled for 9pm Eastern time.
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