West Virginia at Oklahoma
Struggling down the stretch
West Virginia defeated Oklahoma 75-73 on Monday night in Norman. After starting the Big 12 season 4-1, OU has lost five of its last seven games. That’s discouraging for the Sooners, as this is the point in the year when tournament time approaches and teams want to start getting hot. WVU also lost five of its last seven coming into the game but secured a much-needed victory. The Sooners and Mountaineers need to start winning games if they want to continue to boost confidence as the season winds down.
Point guard battle
Monday night’s battle included two of the top point guards in the country. OU’s Trae Young and WVU’s Jevon Carter gave the fans a show in Norman. Freshman star Young fought an illness that affected his energy throughout the game.
Young still finished with a game-high 32 points, but he had a season-low one assist. WVU did a solid job of harassing the nation’s leading scorer, as Young turned the ball over six times. Jevon Carter scored only 10 points for the Mountaineers, but it was his overall gameplay that led to a victory. He was a nightmare defensively as he tallied six steals. Carter also distributed the ball well, racking up eight assists.
Back in the hunt
With the victory Monday night, WVU moved within a half-game of conference co-leaders Kansas and Texas Tech. The victory couldn’t have come at a better time for the Mountaineers. WVU (18-6 overall, 7-4 Big 12) will host Oklahoma State on Saturday. OU (16-7, 6-5) will travel to Ames to take on Iowa State on Saturday.