Iowa State (20-10) at West Virginia (13-17)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 9, 1:30 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: WVU Coliseum (14,000) -- Morgantown, West Virginia.
Television: Big 12 Network. Home Record: ISU 16-1, WVU 8-5. Away Record: ISU
3-8, WVU 3-9. Neutral Record: ISU 1-1, WVU 2-3. Conference Record: ISU 10-7,
WVU 6-11. Series Record: Iowa State leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Iowa State Cyclones pay a visit to WVU Coliseum on Saturday
afternoon to wrap up the Big 12 Conference regular-season schedule against the
West Virginia Mountaineers.
Iowa State took down 13th-ranked Oklahoma State earlier this week, 87-76, to
notch its 20th win overall and second straight season with 10 league
victories. The Cyclones have gone 16-1 at home this season, but they are only
West Virginia has sputtered down the stretch and enters today's finale hoping
to avoid a sixth consecutive defeat. The Mountaineers went on the road
Wednesday night and lost to Oklahoma for the third time this season, 83-70.
These teams met for the first time ever on Jan. 16 in Ames, where the Cyclones
earned a 69-67 victory on Georges Niang's layup with two seconds remaining in
Iowa State's seniors keyed a late 10-2 run on Senior Night against nationally-
ranked Oklahoma State, as the Cyclones stretched a two-point lead into a 10-
point advantage with just over two minutes remaining in the second half. Will
Clyburn led the way with 20 points, while Niang scored 18. Melvin Ejim
recorded his 13th double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Ejim (10.9 ppg) is the Big 12's leading rebounder, with 9.5 caroms per
contest. He is also one of five Iowa State players averaging double figures in
the scoring column. Clyburn leads the way with 14.8 ppg to go along with 7.0
rebounds. The Cyclones are particularly dangerous from beyond the arc, as they
lead the nation in 3-pointers per game (9.8). They have made 10 or more treys
in 10 of their last 12 games, and their total of 295 threes now stands as the
single-season school record.
WVU head coach Bob Huggins has started 12 different players this season with
13 different starting lineup combinations, but all of that shuffling has
yielded little success. The Mountaineers are shooting just 40.4 percent from
the floor as a team, and no player is averaging double figures. Freshman Eron
Harris has stepped up his play of late and has reached double figures in 11 of
his last 15 games, including a career-high 25 points against Baylor. He is
averaging 9.8 ppg on the season and 12.6 ppg in conference play. Another
freshman, Terry Henderson, leads the Big 12 in 3-point field-goal percentage
(.459) in conference games only, although he is scoring only 7.8 ppg on the
season. WVU was simply outworked earlier this week, as the Sooners grabbed 14
offensive rebounds and held a key 23-8 edge in second-chance points. Harris
scored 23 in the loss, while Deniz Kilicli chipped in with 20.
The Cyclones won the first meeting at home in the final seconds, and they have
certainly been playing better than the Mountaineers of late. Expect Iowa State
to complete the season sweep.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Iowa State 77, West Virginia 70
03/09 10:39:39 ET
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