Kansas basketball: Three most important wins from the 2019-20 season

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#3 Kansas vs. #14 West Virginia, February 12

In one of the Jayhawks’ first major conference road tests, they traveled to Morgantown, West Virginia to take on the Mountaineers in front of a sold-out crowd. Despite Kansas being the higher-ranked team, West Virginia was favored by 1.5 points according to The Action Network.

After the end of the first half, it looked like the oddsmakers were right. Kansas was down 30-24, and the Jayhawks learned that the West Virginia defense was no joke. Luckily for the Jayhawks, they had an elite defense of their own.

Kansas outscored the Mountaineers 34-19 in the second half, coming away with a 58-49 win that was actually a lot closer than the final score would indicate considering the game was tied with just five minutes to go.

Notable performances:

  • Devon Dotson: 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals
  • Marcus Garrett: 9 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals
  • Isaiah Moss: 13 points
  • Oscar Tshiebwe: 14 points, 9 rebounds

In a game where points were hard to come by, Isaiah Moss was huge in the second half knocking down some timely three-pointers. Devon Dotson was also clutch, making some valuable free throws to ice the game.

The road win over West Virginia would make Kansas a prime choice for a No. 1 seed come March Madness, and help them keep pace with Baylor in the conference championship race.