For the second time in just over two weeks, West Virginia will face off against Iowa State. The Mountaineers are looking to stay above .500, and their game against Iowa State was WVU’s only win since early January. Our staff weighs in with their thoughts on tonight’s game.
Wesley Shoemaker: Here we are and I think WVU is just about out of all tournament possibilities. With that being said I think the younger guys such as Seth Wilson, Kobe Johnson, Jamel King will get some serious run in this game. I think McNeil scores more than 0 points and I think WVU is still wanting to play inspired basketball. I think West Virginia comes out at the beginning of both halves with some fire, but I think Iowa State wins a close one late.
WVU 64, ISU 69
Aaron Parker: With WVU struggling so much, it’d be easy to write off the Mountaineers in this road contest against Iowa State. The Cyclones have won two straight Big 12 games, including a road victory at TCU. I think Izaiah Brockington will come to play because he struggled in the first matchup in Morgantown. I think WVU will come out and fight, and I think Taz Sherman and some of the young guns will show out. I think Sherman will put up a season-high tonight with some production from either Kobe Johnson or Seth Wilson. I think the Mountaineers will somehow pull this one out for one of their last wins of 2022.
WVU 66, ISU 61
Ashley O’Brien: After a slow first half, the Mountaineers shockingly come back in the second. McNeil bounces back from Monday and helps the team with some much needed points to give WVU their most needed win in too long.
WVU 61, ISU 59
Luke Blain: This may seem obvious, but all WVU needs to do is score more points than Iowa State. This is what happened the last time these two teams met, with WVU winning 79-63. The key to any basketball game is scoring, which is something WVU has struggled with as of late. WVU’s 79 points against Iowa state is the most they’ve scored in 2022. Since then, WVU has only scored 61.75 points per game. Missing layups and poor shot selections have hurt this team as of late, but this is a perfect game to bounce back in and hopefully create some momentum to close out the season. The team’s performance as of late hasn’t prompted this prediction, but this is crunch time. I think Huggins and the team meets finds a way to make things work.
WVU 70, ISU 65
Matt Natriello: WVU has only one win in its last eleven games. That win came against Iowa State. With WVU’s tournament chances all but up in flames, hopefully Bob Huggins uses tonight’s game as a chance to give Seth Wilson and Kobe Johnson major minutes. Hopefully even some James Okonkwo minutes as well seeing as how Huggins has said he’s the best big man on the roster. If the young, hungry freshman can provide a spark, and Taz Sherman has a good game, I think the Mountaineers can pull off the upset.
WVU: 71, ISU 68
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