Morgantown, W.VA. – It very clearly goes without saying that the month of February was nothing great for the men’s basketball team, or its coaches or the fans in general. The month of March needs no introduction for basketball players and fans, but what it does need is to bring some of the madness, chaos, bliss and magic from the last two weeks of March to the first seven days of the month, specifically to the young men suiting up for the Mountaineers.
West Virginia has fallen to 19-10 after a devastating month of February and now two games will essentially lay the ground work for the rest of the month. The Mountaineers have two games left in the regular season and need to win at least one of them, with the regular season finale being at home against top tier Baylor Bears. A month ago, the Mountaineers were projected a two-seed for March Madness and now they go into the last two games of the season in the darn middle of the pack, with the potential to slide eerily close to the bottom of the Big 12.
Tuesday evening, the Mountaineers will tip off against the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames, Iowa; a place that Mountaineers have not always performed their best. West Virginia’s month of February is full of nightmarish performances, especially on the road. With a fresh start in the month of March, a win in Ames would be extremely beneficial for the Mountaineers.
The Cyclones are looking to add a sixth conference win to their season Tuesday, sitting at 5-11 in the conference and 12-17 overall for the season. The Mountaineers will need this victory in Iowa to continue to move up in the conference rankings before taking on the Baylor Bears Saturday in the home-season finale.