Over the course of the past few weeks, the race atop the Big 12 Conference has become highly competitive.
As the calendar turns to the latter half of the month of February, the importance of each and every game holds even higher implications. Especially for the Kansas State Wildcats and their own personal pursuit of the conference’s regular season crown.
Well, at 20-5 overall and 9-3 within the league, K-State is looking at a winnable opportunity on Monday night when West Virginia comes to town. A victory for the Wildcats could push Kansas State into the first place spot for the time being, while also completing a season sweep of the Mountaineers.
Back on Jan. 12, the Wildcats dispatched West Virginia thanks to a pair of late free throws from Shane Southwell. The 6-foot-6 junior nailed the pair of freebies with 21 seconds remaining to put the Wildcats up by one and then blocked a lay-up attempt by Gary Browne as the buzzer expired.
Now, the tides turn to Little Manhattan, as K-State looks to protect its own court on Monday night. While the 2012-13 season has been a disappointing one for West Virginia, they should have plenty of confidence for the time being heading into this Monday night showdown.
The Mountaineers are undoubtedly out to seek revenge for the late loss back in mid-January, but more importantly, West Virginia is peeking with one of their better trends out of the season. WVU enters Monday’s contest having won four of their past five games overall.
Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00pm (EST) on Monday.
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