Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2018
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa.
Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Tony Caridi & Jay Jacobs)
TV stream: ESPNU (Anish Shroff and Dino Gaudio)
Projected West Virginia Lineup
Daxter Miles Jr.
Projected Iowa State Lineup
Zoran Talley Jr.
Why West Virginia Will Win
Life has been anything but easy for the Mountaineers the last three weeks. WVU has dropped four of its last five contests. During three of those games, the Mountaineers struggled to hang onto double digit leads in the second half. Against Kentucky, WVU was outrebounded 49-34 and by 16 total boards in the second half while blowing a 17-point lead. Iowa State has lost two straight games and is tied with Baylor for last place in the Big 12. On Saturday, the Cyclones were pummeled by Tennessee and scored just 45 points. Iowa State will be without starting point guard Nick Weiler-Babb (11.6 points, 7.1 rebounds), who is suffering from tendinitis in his left knee. The Cyclones have won six of 11 games against the Mountaineers, including an 80-74 in the final of the 2017 Big 12 Championship. Donovan Jackson (15.4 points) has scored more than 20 points in eight games this season. The senior is an outside threat and ranks 15th all-time in Iowa State history in 3s. Lindell Wigginton is one of the top freshmen in the Big 12. He is averaging 15.9 points per contest and is also a threat from beyond the arc. Jevon Carter (17.3 points) leads WVU in scoring and steals. Lamont West, Teddy Allen, Esa Ahmad and Daxter Miles Jr. have all struggled during the Mountaineers’ rough patch.
West Virginia 86, Iowa State 74