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Five things to know before Kansas-West Virginia tips off

03/08/2014 10:56 AM

03/08/2014 10:56 AM

Early tip at WVU Coliseum as No. 8 Kansas finishes its regular season against West Virginia at 11 a.m. So let’s get right to the five things to know before the Jayhawks face the Mountaineers.

1 After Wednesday’s victory against Texas Tech, Kansas is 17-1 when shooting better than 50 percent from the floor. But the Jayhawks haven’t shot better than 50 percent on the road since defeating TCU on Jan. 25.

2. Andrew Wiggins, who has scored 481 points this season, is three points shy of passing Xavier Henry for third on the all-time KU freshman scoring list. He could also pass Danny Manning (496 points) Saturday with a big game.

3 The Kansas-West Virginia series is still in its relative infancy. Somehow, the programs had never faced off before West Virginia joined the Big 12 before last season. The Jayhawks are a perfect 3-0 against the Mountaineers so far.

4. One-seed watch: If you’re tracking Kansas’ chances for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, here are a couple of other games to watch this weekend. North Carolina plays at No. 4 Duke Saturday night; Georgetown plays at No. 6 Villanova; No. 5 Virginia is at Maryland on Sunday, and No. 7 Syracuse travels to Florida State. An upset in any of those games would help KU.

5. Kansas can notch at least 24 wins for the ninth straight season and for the 13th time in the last 14 years, dating back to 1999-2000. The Jayhawks can also post 15 conference wins for the sixth time since the inception of the Big 12. The KU record for conference victories is 16, set in 2002.


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