PREVIEW: Jayhawks host Mountaineers on Gameday

The Kansas Jayhawks (20-6) are looking to capture a season sweep as they take on the Mountaineers of West Virginia (19-7). Kansas currently sits alone in second place in the Big 12 Conference, while West Virginia could swap places with a win this Saturday.

Kansas will be playing host, as they begin a two game homestand against West Virginia, and then Oklahoma on Monday.

The Jayhawks are also coming of a two game road series where they fell to Baylor in Waco and then rebounded with a win against Iowa State in Ames on Tuesday night.

Head Coach Bill Self addressed the conference standings after beating Iowa State this past Tuesday. Self said, “We are still in a situation we are not in a great position at all.” Texas Tech remains at the top of the Big 12 after their 88-78 win against Oklahoma on Tuesday. 

The Jayhawks went into Morgantown earlier this season, where they broke a four-game losing streak in WVU Coliseum thanks to their senior guards Devonte’ Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk who combined for 26 points in the second half.

Kansas will look upon their senior leadership as the hunt for 14 straight Big 12 regular season titles has heated to a boil. With the next three games—two at home— being against West Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas Tech, there is no room for error.

“Our home games are monster games. Then the road games are obviously really hard,” said Self. As the team heads into the final stretch, they will need to play their best basketball this season.

The Jayhawks are currently tied with UCLA (1967-79) for longest regular season championship streak in NCAA history. Saturday’s game in front of a national audience on ESPN’s College Gameday will go a long way in determining if KU will be able to break that tie.

Tip-off for Kansas vs West Virginia is set for 5 p.m. tip off Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be on ESPN, or you can listen to it live on 90.7 FM, with pregame coverage beginning at 4pm and tip-off at 5pm.

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