The Kansas Jayhawks head to WVU Coliseum on Saturday for a showdown with Big 12 cellar-dweller West Virginia.
But while most analysts believe that Bill Self and his Jayhawks already have this game circled as a W, one ESPN analyst smells an upset in the making.
ESPN college basketball analyst John Gasaway was asked to give his “surprise pick” for this weekend’s basketball games, and made the bold prediction to go with the Mountaineers.
Gasaway: West Virginia shocks Kansas. The Mountaineers are 0-5 in the Big 12, but the one thing (well, pretty much the only thing) Bob Huggins’ men still do is get offensive rebounds. Meanwhile, the Jayhawks are nothing special on the defensive glass, and, besides, this will be the first trip to Morgantown for a lot of KU guys not named Lagerald Vick.
It’s a bold prediction to be sure.
Since West Virginia joined the Big 12 in 2013, Kansas has mostly dominated the series against the Mountaineers. The Jayhawks are 10-4 against West Virginia, and are currently riding a four-game winning streak against them.
Even looking past the history between the Jayhawks and the Mountaineers, the contrast between the two teams this year is pretty drastic.
While Kansas boasts a tie for the best record in the Big 12 with Texas Tech (15-2 overall, 4-1 in the Big 12), West Virginia has been the worst team in the conference.
The Mountaineers are the only team without a conference win (0-5), and are tied with Oklahoma State for the worst overall record in the conference (8-9).
Gasaway knows he’s going out on a limb, but a Mountaineers win in the Kansas-West Virginia game would certainly be among the biggest upsets of the entire season.