Note: To get the elephant in the room out of the way, I predicted West Virginia to easily cruise past Kansas State. I said that it would be a “walk in the park” and a “light workout.” Unfortunately, the team lacked preparation and Kansas State played out of their minds. This will be a tremendous learning experience for the Mountaineers and was a big win for the Kansas State Wildcats program.
The 12th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers played their worst game of the season and the Kansas State Wildcats played by far their best game this year, and although WVU made a valiant comeback in the second half, the 23-point deficient was just too much to overcome.
West Virginia was led by Chase Harler and Miles McBride, who both had 11 points, and Gabe Osabuohien, who had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Oscar Tshiebwe added 8 points and 7 rebounds.
Kansas State was paced by junior guard Cartier Diarra, who had 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, and senior forward Xavier Sneed, who finished with 16 points.
West Virginia returns home to play the Texas Longhorns on Monday, January 20th at 7:00PM. The game will be televised on ESPNU.