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Five Things to Know Before WVU vs. Iowa State



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As West Virginia and Iowa State meet for the second time this season, let’s take a look at five things to know before the game.

Second Matchup of the Season

On Feb. 8, West Virginia defeated Iowa State in Morgantown, 79-63. This is the only win the Mountaineers have been able to get in the last 12 games. The Mountaineers, for the first time in a long time, finally put together a complete game. Previously it’s been only one good half from WVU. In the first matchup, it was both halves. West Virginia shot 22-of-44 (50%) from the field against the Cyclones, making 10-three’s. WVU also out-rebounded ISU, 37-28.

West Virginia led the game wire-to-wire and cruised to a double-digit win.

Bob Huggins Hints at Benching Some Players

After another frustrating loss to TCU on Monday night, WVU head coach Bob Huggins made it very clear to his team that it will be his way for the rest of the season.

“I’m going to go back and look at the game and the guys who didn’t give us what we expect are going to sit their butt on the bench,” Huggins said postgame. “They open their mouth on the bench, I’m going to send them home.”

Huggins has mentioned this for the last couple of weeks that he will play the players that want to give it their all. Perhaps it’s time to give Kobe Johnson, Seth Wilson, Jamel King, James Okonkwo and Isaiah Cottrell more important playing time.

WVU Still Looking For First Big 12 Road Win

West Virginia has one road win all year, defeating UAB back in December, in Birmingham. To throw salt in the wound, that game wasn’t on UAB’s campus and the Blazer fans were busy watching their football bowl game against BYU. The Mountaineers ended up rallying at the end, stealing the game 65-59.

As of Monday, West Virginia is still looking for their first road win in the Big 12, starting 0-6 on the road. Can WVU finally get that monkey off their back?

Betting Lines

The spread for the West Virginia and Iowa State game is -5 ISU. The WVU money line is +185.

The over/under is 132.

How to Watch and Listen

You can watch West Virginia take on ISU on Wednesday, at 7 p.m., on ESPNU. The Big 12 matchup will take place inside the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

Mountaineer Sports Network will broadcast the game on the radio, with Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs once again calling WVU games for the entirety of this season.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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