Kansas to battle West Virginia Saturday in Lawrence

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KU Athletics) The No. 14/14 Kansas Jayhawks (19-6, 8-4) will return to Allen Fieldhouse to host the West Virginia Mountaineers (10-14, 2-9) on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Allen Fieldhouse. KU, which enters the contest with an 18-game home winning streak, will take on a WVU team that came out on top in the two teams' last meeting on Jan. 19. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. (CT) on ESPN, with Jon Sciambi (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) calling the action.


The Jayhawks have won two-straight after an 82-77 overtime win at TCU on Feb. 11. West Virginia is looking to snap a two-game losing streak after its 75-53 loss to Texas on Feb. 9.

At 8-4, Kansas is tied with Texas Tech for second in the Big 12 race, 1.5 games behind Kansas State (9-2). Five of the 10 Big 12 teams are within 2.5 games of the league leader.

On Feb. 9, the NCAA selection committee posted its current top 16 with Selection Sunday just a month away. Kansas was slotted as a No. 3 seed and the No. 10 seed overall. Under Bill Self, KU has never been lower than a No. 4 seed and has been a No. 1 seed each of the last three years.

Kansas' 18-game home court winning streak, which includes 17 victories in Allen Fieldhouse and one at Sprint Center, is tops in the Big 12 and is the seventh-longest active streak nationally.

Kansas is 6-3 against the current AP top-25 with victories against No. 1 Tennessee, No. 10 Marquette, No. 11 Michigan State, No. 13 Villanova, No. 15 Texas Tech and No. 23 Iowa State.

WVU is vying to become only the second team to sweep Kansas in the Bill Self era. In 105 regular-season Big 12 home-and-home series, KU has 71 sweeps, 33 splits and has been swept once, by Oklahoma State in 2017-18.

Redshirt-junior F Dedric Lawson has posted a league-leading 16 double-doubles this season, which ranks fifth nationally. He also leads the Big 12 in scoring at 19.4 ppg and rebounding at 10.6 rpg.
Just 11 games into his KU career, freshman G Ochai Agbaji is averaging 10.8 ppg and 5.4 rpg. Agbaji's collegiate debut came against TCU (1/9) and he has scored 20 or more points in three of his last five outings.

Freshman G Devon Dotson post his first double-double with career highs in points (25) and rebounds (10) at TCU (2/11) in logging all 45 minutes. Dotson was named the CBS Sports/USBWA National Freshman of the Week on Feb. 12.