Bruce Weber isn't kidding himself.
Kansas State's 84-68 victory over No. 12-ranked West Virginia two weeks ago may not have been a fluke, but it took a Herculean effort from the Wildcats to pull it off in a season that has been at best inconsistent.
"I don't know if we caught them off guard the first time or we just did what we were supposed to do," said Weber, whose Wildcats will look to duplicate the winning formula at 1 p.m. Saturday when they face the Mountaineers again, this time in Morgantown, W. Va. "We had a great game plan (and) we fought them from the beginning.
"We had lots of deflections (and) we made it tough for them to get in their offense."
The Wildcats (9-11 overall, 2-5 Big 12) went on to lose their next two games in a blowout at Kansas and by just three at Alabama, before returning to Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday night and knocking off Oklahoma, 61-53, for their second straight home victory.
"We haven't been finishing games," Weber said of his team, which is 2-7 in games decided by single digits. "(Against Oklahoma) we made some big shots when they made a little push at us and we got the stops and hopefully a learning lesson.
"It's never too late to improve and move forward as a team. We think we're a good team, we just haven't done it consistently. Now, can we make a run here in the second half and have some things go our way?"
Junior guard Mike McGuirl, who led the Wildcats with 16 points against Oklahoma, is confident they can.
"We know we've been right there," he said. "We know we've been on the losing side of a lot of close games, and we know that we can beat anybody.
"It feels good to get a win, get some momentum and just feel good, and now we've got a challenge ahead of us and we're going to prepare the best we can."
West Virginia (16-4, 4-3), which remains at No. 12 in the latest Associated Press rankings, has won two of three since the first K-State meeting but is coming off an 89-81 loss Wednesday at Texas Tech.
"(It will take) a special effort, there's no doubt," Weber said of completing a sweep of the Mountaineers. "You need somebody to step up, maybe two guys on the road — step up and really make some special plays to give you a chance."
Two weeks ago, it was freshman guard DaJuan Gordon who rose to the challenge, scoring a career-high 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting with three 3-pointers. McGuirl missed that game with a concussion, but has averaged 11.5 points in the two games since his return.
"I was able to watch the games from home in my bed and I felt like I was there every game," McGuirl said. "I was getting up and excited and whatnot. West Virginia, I was very hyped."
In the first meeting, West Virginia forward Derek Culver picked up two early fouls and played just five minutes in the first half as K-State built an early lead. He finished with eight points and three rebounds, while freshman standout Oscar Tshiebwe also had eight points with seven rebounds.
"We know it's not going to be easy, especially the way we beat them the first time, but hopefully we have some good idea of how to combat them and defend them and what we can do to score on them," Weber said. "Then you've got Monday again (at home against Baylor), but we've just got to worry about West Virginia.
"One game at a time, each possession, come ready to play, and that's all we can do."