MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–For the first time this season, No. 13 West Virginia and Iowa State will meet on the hardwood on Wednesday night.
The Mountaineers (17-4, 5-3 Big 12) rebounded from last week’s loss at Texas Tech with a 66-57 win over Kansas State.
Big man Derek Culver (11.2 points, 9.2 rebounds) erupted for 19 points and 14 rebounds, while freshman Oscar Tshiebwe (11.2 points, 9.0 rebounds) had eight points and eight boards.
WVU’s bench has been crucial to its success. Freshman Miles “Deuce” McBride (10.2 points) has scored in double figures in 10 of the Mountaineers’ last 12 games.
However, outside of Culver WVU lacked offensive production on Saturday. The other 11 Mountaineers made a combined 13 of 35 (37.1 percent).
The Cyclones (9-12, 2-6) have lost three straight and five of their last six contests. Tyrese Haliburton (15.7 points, 6.0 rebounds) and Rasir Bolton (15.2 points) lead the way for Iowa State.
On Saturday, the Cyclones led by a point at the half against Texas and by as many as eight with just over 12 minutes to play in the second half. But the Longhorns went on a 11-0 run and took the lead with 1:06 remaining.
With time winding down, Bolton missed two layups and Iowa State had a detrimental turnover, sealing its fate.
Failing to execute during stretches has plagued the Cyclones all season.
Iowa State leads the series 8-7. All meetings between the two teams have been since WVU has joined the Big 12.
The Mountaineers have won six of the last eight contests.
Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. and the game is being broadcasted on ESPN2.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS