No. 2 West Virginia hosts No. 12 Kansas in the WVU Coliseum tonight for another showdown in the Top 15, third in four games for the Mountaineers. The Jayhawks are 14-3, having won three in a row after a lot of previous games. The Mountaineers are 15-2, suffering their first loss during the weekend since the first game of the season.
Tipping time – 9:00 PM ET
TV – ESPN
Annunciators –  Bob Wischusen, Fran Frischilla, and Holly Rowe
Audio – IMG Mountaineer Sports Network
What Vegas says – The line opened with West Virginia as a 3.5- point favorite and quickly climbed to 4.5 points. That's the line as this story is written, by VegasInsider. The excess / defect has been established at 156.5.
What the ESPN says "BPI" – The world leader's basketball power rating gives mountaineers a 59.7% chance to win the game.
Why is this a key game? ? – West Virginia and Kansas are two of the four teams tied at the top of the Big12 standings at the moment, all 4-1 in the league game. The mountaineers are trying to recover from their first defeat since the beginning of November and are trying to integrate Esa Ahmad into this team after missing the first sixteen games. Meanwhile, the Jayhawks seem as unstable as they have been in years, which, despite being number 12 in the country, shows just how big of a show they have been. Bill Self's team has lost three games at home, including one for a team at the University of Washington that may not be participating in the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks are also working on a new piece of their puzzle: Silvio de Sousa, a mid-season affiliate.