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January 28, 2013

A Closer Look At West Virginia

Still in search of a season changing victory, West Virginia (9-10; 2-4) plays host to No. 1/2 Kansas on Monday night.

Jayhawk Slant is here to provide you with a closer look at the West Virginia Mountaineers.

West Virginia: The Facts

Located in Morgantown, W.Va., with an enrollment of 29,306, West Virginia is 9-10 on the season and 2-4 in Big 12 play after its 80-66 loss at Oklahoma State on Saturday (1/26). The Mountaineers are coached by Bob Huggins who is 129-66 in his sixth season at WVU, his alma mater, and 719-277 in his 31st season overall. West Virginia is 6-2 at home (WVU Coliseum) this season, averages 67.2 points per game and gives up 66.7. The Mountaineers are outrebounding foes 38.1 to 35.2 and average 7.4 steals per contest. WVU forces 14.3 turnovers per game.

West Virginia has a balanced team as 10 different Mountaineers average 12-plus minutes per game and all 10 have started at least two games in 2012-13. WVU's top three scorers did not start at Oklahoma State Saturday. Junior C Aaric Murray leads West Virginia in scoring at 9.6 points per game and has one more point (173-172) than sophomore G Juwan Staten, who also averages 9.6 ppg. Murray leads WVU with a 49.2 field goal percentage, a 6.7 rebound average and 29 blocked shots this season. Staten has a team-high 55 assists and 23 steals.

Freshman G Terry Henderson (8.0 ppg) is second on the team with 20 three-pointers made. Sophomore G Jabarie Hinds is the only Mountaineer to have started every game this season and scores 7.9 points per game. Freshman G Eron Harris leads WVU with 23 three-pointers this season and is making 80 percent from the free throw line.

Senior F Deniz Kilicli (7.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg), sophomore G Gary Browne (7.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg) and sophomore F Kevin Noreen (2.6 ppg) joined Hinds and Harris in the WVU starting lineup last game. Browne's 18 steals are second best on the team, while Noreen's 4.5 rebounds per game only trail Murray for the Mountaineers.

Other WVU regulars include sophomore F Keaton Miles (3.4 ppg) and senior F Dominique Rutledge (3.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg).

Kansas vs. West Virginia: The Series

Kansas and West Virginia are meeting for the first time in men's basketball. The last time Kansas faced a team for the first time and it was also a conference game was when the Jayhawks defeated Oklahoma 38-18 on March 5, 1920, the first year OU joined the then-Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Kansas head coach Bill Self has yet to face West Virginia, while WVU coach Bob Huggins is 0-4 all-time against KU.

A closer look at the West Virginia Mountaineers

#1 Dominique Rutledge: 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward (Sr.)

#3 Juwan Staten: 6-foot-1, 190-pound guard (So.)

#4 Jabarie Hinds: 5-foot-11, 185-pound guard (So.)

#10 Eron Harris: 6-foot-2, 190-pound guard (Fr.)

#12 Aaron Brown: 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard (So.)

#13 Deniz Kilicli: 6-foot-9, 260-pound forward (Sr.)

#14 Gary Browne: 6-foot-1, 190-pound guard (So.)

#15 Terry Henderson: 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard (Fr.)

#21 Matt Humphrey: 6-foot-6, 205-pound guard (Sr.)

#22 Aric Dickerson: 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard (R-Fr.)

#24 Aaric Murray: 6-foot-10, 245-pound center (Jr.)

#30 Richard Romeo: 5-foot-11, 180-pound guard (Fr.)

#34 Kevin Noreen: 6-foot-10, 250-pound forward (So.)

#35 Volodymyr Gerun: 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward (So.)

#55 Keaton Miles: 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward (So.)

West Virginia Season Statistics

Record: 9-10

Home Record: 6-2

Away Record: 1-5

Neutral Record: 2-3

Big 12 Conference Record: 2-4

National Ranking: NR

Wins: Marist (Lake Buena Vista, Fla.), VMI, Marshall, Virginia Tech, Oakland, Radford, Eastern Kentucky, @ Texas, TCU

Losses: @ Gonzaga, Davidson (Lake Buena Vista, Fla.), Oklahoma (Lake Buena Vista, Fla.), @ Duquesne, Michigan (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Oklahoma, Kansas State, @ Iowa State, @ Purdue, @ Oklahoma State

Upcoming games: Kansas, @ Texas Tech, Texas, @ TCU, @ Baylor, Texas Tech, @ Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Baylor, @ Kansas, Iowa State

Scoring Leaders:

Juwan Staten: 9.9

Aaric Murray: 9.5

Terry Henderson: 8.2

Jabarie Hinds: 8.1

Rebounding Leaders:

Aaric Murray: 6.5

Deniz Kilicli: 4.4

Terry Henderson: 3.3

Gary Browne: 3.3

Assist Leaders:

Juwan Staten: 3.0

Jabarie Hinds: 1.8

Gary Browne: 1.8

Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders:

Aaric Murray: 61-of-125 (48.8%)

Deniz Kilicli: 50-of-120 (41.7%)

Juwan Staten: 58-of-142 (40.8%)

Terry Henderson: 45-of-114 (39.5%)

Jabarie Hinds: 56-of-165 (33.9%)

Gary Browne: 36-of-118 (30.5%)

3 point Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders

Eron Harris: 18-of-46 (39.1%)

Terry Henderson: 19-of-59 (32.2%)

Aaric Murray: 6-of-20 (30.0%)

Jabarie Hinds: 15-of-57 (26.3%)

Gary Browne: 7-of-42 (16.7%)

Free-throw Percentage Leaders:

Gary Browne: 50-of-61 (82.0%)

Juwan Staten: 52-of-66 (78.8%)

Terry Henderson: 22-of-30 (73.3%)

Aaric Murray: 34-of-48 (70.8%)

Jabarie Hinds: 18-of-29 (62.1%)

West Virginia: A Look At The Numbers:

Scoring: 1,276 (67.2 PPG)

Scoring Margin: +0.5

Field Goal %: 40 (442-of-1,118)

3-Point FG %: 29 (95-of-325)

3-Pont FG Made Per Game: 5.0

Free-throw %: 69 (297-of-429)

Free-throws Made Per Game: 15.6

Rebounds: 723 (38.1 per game)

Assists: 235 (12.4 per game)

Turnovers: 235 (12.4 per game)

Turnover Margin: +1.9

Steals: 141 (7.4 per game)

Blocks: 74 (3.9 per game)

Opponent Averages :

Scoring: 1,267 (66.7 PPG)

Field Goal %: 43 (446-of-1,030)

3-Point FG %: 36 (125-of-346)

3-Pont FG Made Per Game: 6.6

Free-throw %: 65 (250-of-384)

Free-throws Made Per Game: 13.2

Rebounds: 669 (35.2 per game)

Assists: 250 (13.2 per game)

Turnovers: 271 (14.3 per game)

Steals: 99 (5.2 per game)

Blocks: 68 (3.6 per game)

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