WVU hosts Iowa State on Monday (7 p.m., ESPNU), which will be the Mountaineers' third consecutive game against a nationally ranked opponent.
"This is the best basketball conference in the country," Staten sad. "It's going to be pretty hard to keep a team from making a run, especially when you're playing against a ranked opponent every game. We've got to go out there and take their best shot and deliver our own and try to minimize what they do and take advantage of what we have."
WVU tried against Kansas, but was riddled by foul trouble and ineffective play from key players. Harris made 3s on three straight possessions in the first half, but missed his final six shots and his last five 3-point attempts. He scored 17 points and was 8-for-8 at the foul line.
"After he hit those three, I had to guard him closer and be more aggressive," said Wiggins, who guarded Harris throughout the game. "I tried to turn him into a drive instead of a shooter."
Harris' turnover in the Kansas run was a charge when he was forced off the perimeter and had to drive to the basket.
Staten had 22 points and four assists. The rest of the team scored just 30 points. Remi Dibo had five early points, but finished with seven and was 1-for-7 from 3-point range. Fellow starter Terry Henderson was 0-for-3 from the floor and had three turnovers and two made free throws. Starter Devin Williams had four points in 12 minutes before fouling out.
There wasn't much help off the bench. Gary Browne had five points and four rebounds and made a key 3 as WVU cut into the 12-point lead in the middle of the second half. Brandon Watkins scored seven points off the bench, but fouled out. Kevin Noreen was effective early with screens, defense and even a basket, but played 17 minutes because of fouls. Nathan Adrian made a 3 early in the second half, but also picked up three quick fouls and played 18 minutes.
"We just had some guys who didn't play very well, which happens," Huggins said.
Wiggins scored 19 points and added four rebounds, three assists, two steals and one blocked shot in 38 minutes. He helped Kansas build a 43-36 halftime lead when he dunked in a missed 3-point attempt just before the buzzer. Kansas is 16-0 when it leads at the half this season.
Selden made three 3s and had 17 points. Embiid played 17 minutes because of foul trouble, but had 11 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. Tarik Black scored 11 points off the bench. The Kansas bench had 23 points from three players. WVU's bench had 17 from four players.
The Mountaineers had won three straight games, making them the 11th opponent to play Kansas this season with a winning streak at least that long. The Jayhawks have ended the winning streak seven times. Four of their losses are to teams that stayed hot at their expense.
"West Virginia is pretty good," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "If you told me before the game we'd have to fire our butts up to win by 14, I'd say they'd have to play pretty well."
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