#11 West Virginia defeats #1 Kansas, 74-63

Jaysean Paige and Devin Williams led the Mountaineers to their first win over the AP #1 ranked team since 1983.

Jaysean Paige scored 26 points, Devin Williams had 17 points and 12 rebounds for West Virginia (15-1, 4-0 Big 12). Williams had his seventh double-double of the season but the first over a span of seven games.

”Just a team effort, man,” Williams said. ”Whatever and whoever, as long as we get team effort, there’s no one in the country who can stop us.”

An emphasis on driving the ball to the basket paid off for the Mountaineers, who outscored Kansas 33-13 from the free throw line.

”I thought it gave us the best chance to win,” Huggins said. ”I think the way the game’s being called, it’s hard to guard the ball. We tried to kind of revamp some things and keep them spread to try to be able to get guys to the basket.”

West Virginia forced Kansas into a season-high 22 turnovers and held the Jayhawks (14-2, 3-1) to their lowest point total of the season.

West Virginia is now 4-7 all-time against AP #1 ranked teams. Their last victory before tonight was in 1983 against UNLV at the WVU Coliseum 87-78. Their other victories were in 1964 against Duke 94-90 at the Charleston Civic Center and North Carolina 75-64 at an in-season tournament in Lexington Kentucky in 1957 (they beat #5 Kentucky the night before).

Horrible road conditions in Morgantown resulted in the game being played in front of a half-empty Coliseum. The students were there, though, and they were loud.
The Mountaineer bench nearly outscored the entire Kansas team in the first half – KU 29, WVU bench 26.

Fran Fraschilla mentioned it tonight and I agree: The Mountaineer bench unit just might be better than the starting lineup.

After missing the Oklahoma State game, Daxter Miles returned and as again apart of the starting five.

West Virginia has now defeated Kansas in Morgantown for three straight years.

Written by Joey Sinatra

Joey Sinatra

Joey Sinatra is a co-founder of WickedJumpShot.com Joey is a boxing and basketball journalist who attends USI as a post graduate. Joey grew up in the New Rochelle Area of the greater New York City area, and is a cousin of the famous singer, Frank Sinatra. Joey also writes for the Boxing Globe.