WVU, Oklahoma to Battle Wednesday Night
By Bryan Messerly for WVUsports.com
March 04, 2014 01:24 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia closes out its regular season road schedule with a 9 p.m. game against Oklahoma in the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.
The two teams met earlier this year in Morgantown, a game the Mountaineers claimed 91-86 in overtime. Oklahoma leads the series 4-2, including taking all three games played last season. ESPNU will televise the game nationally and the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG's coverage throughout West Virginia will begin with the pregame show at 8:30 p.m.
Here are the key numbers for Wednesday night's game:
- WVU is 24-14 in March under Bob Huggins and WVU is 39-21 in its last 60 games in the month of March
- Bob Huggins has posted 28 conference road victories in seven years at WVU. WVU finished with three Big 12 road wins in 2012-13 and is 3-5 in road league play this year.
- Seventy-two of Bob Huggins’ 149 West Virginia victories have been away from the WVU Coliseum.
- Bob Huggins, with 739 career wins, is in 16th place on the NCAA Division I all-time winningest coaches list. He needs two wins to tie John Chaney for 15th place. Huggins recorded win No. 700 against Missouri State on Dec. 22, 2011. Huggins became the 20th Division I head coach to win 700 career games. Huggins’ record now stands at 739-299 in his 32nd season as a head coach. Huggins is the third-winningest active coach behind Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim.
- Bob Huggins has wins over 22 ranked teams at WVU, including eight over a Top-10 ranked team.
- Oklahoma will be the 70th nationally ranked team that Bob Huggins has faced in 238 games. That comes out to 29.4 percent of the games he’s coached at WVU, or close to a third of the total games he’s coached here.
- West Virginia is 10-0 this season when allowing 69 or less points in a game.
- Nationally, WVU ranks seventh in fewest turnovers per game. The Mountaineers have had 17 outings with single-digit turnovers this season and have had 10 or less in 22 of 29 contests.
- The Mountaineers are 16-4 this season when scoring 20 or more points in the paint (0-9 when they don’t).
- Juwan Staten was named a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard.
- Staten has had five assists or more in 21 of 28 outings, with one turnover or less on 16 occasions.
- Staten has had 14 points or more in 21 straight games, including 20 points or more six of the past 15 games.
- Staten scored 35 points against K-State on Feb. 1, the second-most by a player in a Big 12 Conference game this season.
- Staten is averaging nearly 11 points per game more than last year’s 7.6 points-per-game average, is shooting almost 20 percent better from the floor and has already surpassed the 101 assists he handed out last year.
- Staten is at or near the top in just about every statistical category in the Big 12 this year, including scoring (second), field goal percentage (fourth), assists (first), assist-to-turnover ratio (second), steals (ninth) and minutes played (first).
- Staten has three double-doubles this season (points and rebounds). He has five games with nine or more assists.
- Staten (523 points, 171 rebounds and 172 assists) became the first player in school history to score 500 points, grab 150 rebounds and dish out 150 assists in a season.
- Counting his 298 points scored as a freshman at Dayton, Staten now shows 1,056 points for his career.
- Staten (18.0) and Eron Harris (18.0) are second and third, respectively, in scoring in the Big 12.
- Staten (523 pts) and Harris (522 pts) rank 33rd and 34th, respectively, in points in a season at WVU.
- Harris ranks third in the Big 12 in 3-point FGM, second in free throw percentage and third in 3-point percentage.
- Harris (80 3s) set the school record for 3pt.-FGM by a sophomore, passing Patrick Beilein (2004)/Alex Ruoff (2007) - 69 3s.
- Harris set the school record for consecutive free throws made by making 37 from Jan. 18 to Feb. 15. He broke the previous record of 32, set by Stan Boskovich in 1975 and Patrick Beilein in 2003-04.
- Harris has scored in double figures in 12 consecutive outings, including 21 points or more five times.
- Terry Henderson has posted double-figure point totals in 11 of his last 14 outings.
- Rémi Dibo ranks fourth in the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage and sixth in 3-point field goals made.
- Devin Williams has posted six double-doubles and has had seven double-figure rebounding performances this season.
- Williams’ six double-doubles are already the fourth most all-time by a WVU freshman.
- Williams has 202 rebounds so far this season, the fourth most all-time by a WVU freshman.
- West Virginia has allowed its opponent to shoot 50 percent or better only 35 times under Bob Huggins (237 games).
- West Virginia has won 66 of its last 75 games when holding its opponents to 69 points or less.
- West Virginia is 43-3 under Bob Huggins when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
- West Virginia is 112-22 under Bob Huggins when leading at halftime.
- West Virginia is 117-13 under Bob Huggins when leading by 10 or more points in a game.
- West Virginia is 109-7 under Bob Huggins when posting a higher shooting percentage than its opponent.
- West Virginia has won 81 of its last 98 games when scoring 70 or more points in a game.
- The Mountaineers are 104-20 under Bob Huggins when scoring 70 or more points in a game.
- West Virginia is 109-26 under Bob Huggins when outrebounding its opponent.
- The Mountaineers are 11-10 all-time on March 5. WVU is 206-151 all-time in March.
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