WVU basketball: Big opportunity awaits Mountaineers on Saturday

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Esa Ahmad
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 16: Esa Ahmad /

The WVU basketball team hits the road on Saturday for another challenging contest in the Big 12 Conference.

The task ahead isn’t just a tough conference tilt, it’s a game played in one of the toughest arenas in all of sports.

The legend of Allen Fieldhouse dates back to 1955, according to kuathletics.com. The Jayhawks have called this building home for a generation and are still scripting its storied history today. Not many teams can go into Allen Fieldhouse and come out with a win. The WVU basketball team has never done that.

The Mountaineers have four wins against the Jayhawks in the 12 meetings between the two teams. All four wins came at the WVU Coliseum, as the Mountaineers were members of the Big 12. The Kansas basketball hype extends more than 100 years and West Virginia should feel honored to now be playing alongside it.

But it needs to beat the Jayhawks on the road sooner or later and there is no time like the present to make that happen. This season, Kansas has dropped four games at home with six losses overall. The four losses came against Arizona State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Washington. The WVU basketball team has also lost to Tech and OSU.

Now, the Mountaineers may have some momentum coming off a nice win against TCU. Kansas might be on shaky ground, like most Big 12 teams have been this season. The Jayhawks have lost three of their last seven games. This year, they have also lost to Oklahoma and the Mountaineers have beat the Sooners twice already.

A win at Kansas will help the Mountaineers on their still-alive chance of winning the conference title. Both the Jayhawks and Mountaineers are still chasing the Red Raiders at the top of the conference. These two teams still play Tech again in the regular season.

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The WVU basketball team will have the deck stacked against it on Saturday, but there is a great opportunity to make some history in a historic venue.