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West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Iowa State Cyclones Preview: Season 108 Episode 31 - Friday Night Finale

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It’s a battle for the Big 12 No. 2 seed in Morgantown.

NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Iowa State Rachel Mummey-USA TODAY Sports

OPENING THOUGHTS

Okay, one regular game left.

I have it outlined in greater detail in my other article, but the winner of this game clinches the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 Tournament.

The loser will then have to wait and see what Baylor does for the 3 or 4 seed.

Also, this weekend we bid farewell to five seniors.

Nathan Adrian, James Long, Teyvon Myers, Tarik Phillip and Brandon Watkins.

These guys have gone 91-42 and have taken this team from 17-16 and losing in the NIT First Round to a Sweet 16 and competing for Big 12 titles.

We owe these guys for re-energizing our program.

Let’s send them out with a win.

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Friday, March 3rd

Tip-Off Time: 7:00 PM ET

Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, WV

Tickets: General Public SOLD OUT ; WVU Students

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)

Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 84

ODDS

Spread: WVU by 8

O/U: 150.5

BIG 12 BRACKETOLOGY

SEED FIRST ROUND (MAR. 8) QUARTERFINALS (MAR. 9) SEMIFINALS (MAR. 10) CHAMPIONSHIP (MAR. 11)
SEED FIRST ROUND (MAR. 8) QUARTERFINALS (MAR. 9) SEMIFINALS (MAR. 10) CHAMPIONSHIP (MAR. 11)
3 BYE Kansas State Iowa State/TCU/Oklahoma Kansas/Baylor/OK State/TX Tech/Texas

NCAA BRACKETOLOGY

MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
MEDIA SEED 1ST RD OPPONENT 2ND RD OPPONENT LOCATION REGION
ESPN (Mar. 2) 4 Vermont Cincinnati/UT Arlington Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) Memphis, Tenn. (Mar. 24 & 26)
CBS (Mar. 2) 5 Nevada Florida State/Princeton Orlando, Fla. (Mar. 16 & 18) San Jose, Calif. (Mar. 23 & 25)
NBC (Mar. 2) 5 Illinois State Purdue/Valparaiso Milwaukee (Mar. 16 & 18) Memphis, Tenn. (Mar. 24 & 26)
SB Nation (Feb. 28) 4 Princeton Notre Dame/Nevada Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) San Jose, Calif. (Mar. 23 & 25)
Sports Illustrated (Feb. 28) 4 East Tennessee State Notre Dame/UNC Wilmington Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 16 & 18) New York (Mar. 24 & 26)

THE ENEMY

Where are they from? Ames, Iowa

Series History: Iowa State leads the series 5-4

Last Time: No. 7 West Virginia 85, Iowa State 72 on January 31 in Ames

SB Nation Blog: Wide Right & Natty Lite

Record: 20-9 (12-5 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. 2) 6 Providence Arizona/Akron Salt Lake City (Mar. 16 & 18) Memphis, Tenn. (Mar. 24 & 26)
CBS (Mar. 2) 7 California Kentucky/UNC Greensboro Indianapolis (Mar. 17 & 19) New York (Mar. 24 & 26)
NBC (Mar. 2) 6 Wake Forest/USC Butler/Belmont Milwaukee (Mar. 16 & 18) Kansas City, Mo. (Mar. 23 & 25)
SB Nation (Feb. 28) 7 Arkansas Oregon/South Dakota Sacramento, Calif. (Mar. 17 & 19) San Jose, Calif. (Mar. 23 & 25)
Sports Illustrated (Feb. 28) 6 Rhode Island/Syracuse Arizona/Belmont Salt Lake City (Mar. 16 & 18) New York (Mar. 24 & 26)

Head Coach: Steve Prohm (BEAR IN THE WOODS)

NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at Kansas State Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

KEYS TO THE GAME

  • MY GOODNESS!! Can the Mountaineers play a full 40 minutes?!? Guess not...
  • The matchup between Jevon Carter and Monte Morris. Carter did a fantastic job neutralizing Morris up in Ames on January 31st. Can he do it again?
  • Esa Ahmad. Will he be a factor if he plays at all?
  • No one-and-done possessions. Offensive rebounding will be a huge key for WVU against Iowa State, who is a great rebounding team.

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

Ten. I’m as afraid of the Cyclones as I am of going to prison.

PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

Believe me when I tell you, I DO NOT want this to be the case. But I can’t ignore facts. Iowa State is heating up and scoring more, WVU is cooling off and scoring less. I think the default prediction is to pick the Cyclones. I REALLY HOPE I’M WRONG THOUGH!

Iowa State 76, West Virginia 73