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WVU again on the highway to face No. 6 Iowa State, which hasn’t misplaced at dwelling this season

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia enters the ultimate stretch of the common season wanting up at everybody else within the Large 12.

That might change — by lots — with a victory Saturday towards No. 6 Iowa State inside Hilton Coliseum.

WVU (9-17, 4-9 Large 12), in idea, might bounce from 14th to tenth with only one win, and transfer as much as eighth by following that up with one other victory towards Kansas State.

Only one downside: Each video games are on the highway, the place the Mountaineers have been dreadful this season.

“It’s only a matter of us being in keeping with it,” WVU guard RaeQuan Battle stated in regards to the variations between taking part in at dwelling and on the highway. “If we’re not constant and we’re jawing at one another the entire sport; if somebody breaks off a play two or 3 times in a row, it’s going to be complicated all through your entire sport.”


Hilton Coliseum will not be the place the place groups wish to try to select up a highway win.

Iowa State (20-6, 9-4) is an ideal 15-0 at dwelling this season and the Cyclones have gained 42 of their final 50 video games performed at Hilton.

“Whenever you’re taking part in elsewhere and also you’ve bought their followers screaming at us and their gamers are screaming at us, it’s chaotic,” Battle continued. “It’s about mentally staying powerful and trusting one another. Should you don’t try this, you’re going to get blown out by 20.”

Which has occurred to WVU on the highway this season.

At Houston, lose by 34. At TCU, lose by 16. At Texas, lose by 36.

In all 10 video games performed away from the WVU Coliseum this season, WVU is getting outscored by a median of 14 factors per sport.

“It’s powerful shedding,” WVU ahead Quinn Slazinski stated. “I’m not going to sugar-coat it. We come collectively and we try to we bust our (butt) each single sport.

“As a lot as you guys need us to win, we would like it 10 instances extra.”

Iowa State has way more at stake than simply attempting to stay unbeaten at dwelling.

The Cyclones are only one sport again of Houston for the Large 12 title and would personal the tiebreaker if Houston and Iowa State completed tied on the finish of the common season.

The important thing will likely be how WVU handles Iowa State’s bodily half-court protection.

The Cyclones lead the Large 12 with 460 turnovers compelled and do it with a relentless man-to-man strain. That’s bothered WVU up to now.

“They actually guard, particularly within the half court docket,” WVU head coach Josh Eilert stated. “Whenever you have a look at their numbers, you suppose they throw a bunch of full-court strain on the market, however it’s actually within the half court docket. Their ball strain is basically nearly as good as anybody within the nation.”


WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa
TV: ESPN2 (Comcast 28, HD 851; DirecTV 209; DISH 143)