MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–With one game remaining in the regular season, No. 10 West Virginia University will look to close out the season on a positive note against No. 24 Iowa State on Friday for Senior Night at the Coliseum.
The Cyclones (20-9, 12-5 Big 12) are on a six-game winning streak and are battling the Mountaineers (23-7, 11-6) for the second seed in the Big 12 Tournament.
If WVU wins, the Mountaineers will go to Kansas City as the No. 2 seed but if Iowa State comes away victorious, WVU will finish either as a No.3 or No.4 seed.
Last time these two teams met, the Mountaineers knocked off the Cyclones 85-72 in Ames but the loss lit a fire under Iowa State, who went on to win seven of its next eight games.
During their last meeting, the Mountaineers’ defense stumped Monte Morris (16.1 points). He shot 4-for-14, scoring just eight points.
Naz Mitrou-Long (15.8 points) and Matt Thomas (12.0 points) are both threats from beyond the arc. Big man Deonte Burton averages 14.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
WVU suffered a 71-62 loss to No. 11 Baylor earlier in the week. The Bears dominated WVU on the boards and early foul trouble proved costly.
But the Mountaineers are hoping to avoid a similar fate on their home court in front of a sold out Coliseum on Senior Night.
In Monday’s loss to the Bears, Jevon Carter (12.9 points) became the 51st player in school history to record his 1,000-point. The junior has been the Mountaineers’ go-to man all season and leads the conference in steals.
WVU expects sophomore forward Esa Ahmad (11.7 points, 4.1 rebounds) to return. He has missed the past three games with a lower-back injury.
Elijah Macon (5.8 points) is averaging 11.5 points and 5.8 boards over the last four games.
Senior Nathan Adrian (10.1 points, 6.0 rebounds) will be one of five seniors honored before the game. The Morgantown native was clutch for the Mountaineers in the win
However, the senior has struggled the last three weeks, making just 15-of-47 field goals in six games.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.