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West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Kansas State Wildcats Preview: Season 108 Episode 33 - Big 12 Semifinals

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The Mountaineers aim to look a little more impressive against Barry Brown and the Wildcats.

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Kansas State v West Virginia Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

OPENING THOUGHTS

Hey guys check this out:

For a proper reaction, I will send you to Fox Sports commentator Gus Johnson...

Yeah that was pretty cool.

But now we have to focus on Kansas State.

Kansas State is the dictionary definition of a bubble team.

ESPN and SB Nation had them out of the tournament before they beat Baylor. CBS, NBC and Sports Illustrated had them in but playing in Dayton.

Rather they see the Baylor win as enough (unlikely) or wanting to cement their chances for getting into the dance (very, very likely), will determine the game in my opinion.

As always, it depends on which WVU team shows up Friday night.

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Friday, March 10th

Tip-Off Time: approx. 9:30 PM ET/8:30 PM CT

Where: Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO

Tickets: General Public (includes Iowa State-TCU game that tips off at 6:00 PM CT)

WATCH/LISTEN

TV: ESPN2

Streaming Video: WatchESPN (or the ESPN app for smartphones)

Radio: WZST Variety 101 (100.9 FM in Morgantown) and the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates)

Streaming Audio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG on TuneIn Radio (or the TuneIn Radio app for smartphones)

ODDS

Spread: WVU by 6.5

O/U: 140

BRACKETOLOGY

MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
ESPN (Mar. 11) 4 Vermont Virginia/UT Arlington Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) New York (Mar. 24 & 26)
CBS (Mar. 11) 4 Vermont Minnesota/UNC Wilmington Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) New York (Mar. 24 & 26)
NBC (Mar. 11) 5 Nevada Notre Dame/Bucknell Milwaukee (Mar. 16 & 18) San Jose, Calif. (Mar. 23 & 25)
SB Nation (Mar. 11) 4 Princeton Minnesota/Nevada Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) Memphis, Tenn. (Mar. 24 & 26)
Sports Illustrated (Mar. 11) 4 Bucknell Minnesota/UNC Wilmington Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) Memphis, Tenn. (Mar. 24 & 26)

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Manhattan, Kansas

Series History: WVU leads the series 7-5

Last Time:No. 13 West Virginia 85, Kansas State 66 on February 11 in Morgantown

SB Nation Blog: Bring On The Cats

Record: 20-12 (8-10 Big 12)

Bracketology:

MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
ESPN (Mar. 10) 11 Syracuse then Minnesota Duke/Akron Greenville, S.C. (Mar. 17 & 19) San Jose, Calif. (Mar. 23 & 25)
CBS (Mar. 10) 11 Wake Forest then Saint Mary's Louisville/Winthrop Indianapolis (Mar. 17 & 19) San Jose, Calif. (Mar. 23 & 25)
NBC (Mar. 10) 11 Illinois State then Wisconsin Louisville/Akron Indianapolis (Mar. 17 & 19) Kansas City, Mo. (Mar. 23 & 25)
SB Nation (Mar. 9) 1 (NIT) N/A N/A Kansas State (1st & 2nd Rds/Quarterfinals) New York (Semifinals/Finals)
Sports Illustrated (Mar. 10) 12 Wake Forest then Cincinnati Purdue/Vermont Milwaukee (Mar. 16 & 18) Memphis, Tenn. (Mar. 24 & 26)

Head Coach: Bruce Weber

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

KEYS TO THE GAME

  • BARRY BROWN. The man straight up went off against the Bears with questionable morals, scoring 21 points against them (including 13 in the last ten minutes). Keep an eye on him.
  • Rebounding. Kansas State is the worst rebounding team in the Big 12. Exploit that and WVU should be fine. **insert Elijah Macon**
  • Get other players involved. Jevon Carter can’t be the only guy who scores. Spread the wealth a little.

HOW AFRAID SHOULD WE BE (ON A SCALE OF 1-10)?

I honestly don’t know. It depends on what WVU team shows up. K-State is most definitely a bubble team and will absolutely have a competitive edge. I’ll just say eight. I’m as afraid of the Wildcats as I am of......i don’t know......Frank Underwood I guess......yeah, he’s intimidating.

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

Close, really tough game. Hopefully we’ll see more scoring than we did against Texas.

West Virginia 73, Kansas State 68