WVU to host Kansas tonight

West Virginia will host Kansas tonight for a Big 12 Conference matchup at the Coliseum.

The game will be nationally televised on ESPN with a 9 p.m. start as the second game of “Big Monday”.

The Mountaineers (9-10, 2-4 Big 12) are coming off an 80-66 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Sophomore guard Jabarie Hinds (7.9 ppg), freshmen guard Eron Harris (7.7), senior forward Deniz Kilicli (7.5) sophomore guard Gary Browne (7.1) and sophomore forward Kevin Noreen (2.6) were the starters for Saturday’s contest.

Harris has been the team’s top scorer, averaging 15.3 points per game in the last three games for the Mountaineers.

Sophomore guard Juwan Staten and junior center Aaric Murray lead the team in scoring at 9.6 points per game.

Staten leads the team in assists with 55 and has tallied 23 steals.

Sophomore forward Keaton Miles (3.4) and senior forward Dominique Rutledge (3.1) also will also see time off the bench for WVU.

The Jayhawks (18-1, 6-0) have won 17 games in a row and are coming off a 67-54 win over Oklahoma on?Saturday.

Kansas is led by freshmen guard Ben McLemore, who is averaging 16.2 points per game.

Center Jeff Withey (13.0), senior guard Travis Releford (12.7), senior Elijah Johnson (9.5) and senior forward Kevin Young (7.3) round out the projected starting lineup for Kansas, which will face WVU for the first time in school history.

Witney is the top rebounder for the Jayhawks (8.4), followed by Young at 6.7 per game.

Sophomore guard Naadir Tharpe (5.3) and freshman forward Perry Ellis (5.2) are the first couple of players off the bench for Kansas.

The Jayhawks become the fifth men’s basketball program with at least three NCAA titles to play at the Coliseum.

They also will be the 13th opponent with a Top 3 ranking to play at the WVU Coliseum, and in Morgantown. The last was No. 2 UCLA on Feb. 10, 2007, with WVU winning, 70-65

The West Virginia sports department has asked fans attending the game to take part in the first-ever “Stripe the Coliseum” event.

Fans can find a detailed map of the color layout on the school website at www.wvu.edu.

West Virginia will travel to Texas Tech at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for a Big 12 Conference matchup, and then return home on Feb. 4 to host Texas at 9 p.m. on ESPN for another “Big Monday” matchup.