West Virginia will rise again and tonight will be remembered as the night when the Mountaineers turned their season around. Having lost six of the last seven games, many have counted West Virginia out, but this is a team with the size, depth and talent to beat any team in the country on any given night.
It often takes hitting rock bottom before being able to reach full potential and the Mountaineers have certainly hit rock bottom at this point in the season. While West Virginia has struggled to make shots consistently and execute offensively, there are few teams in the Big 12 and the entire country that has the combination of size and depth that this team has.
Iowa State is one of the worst teams in the Big 12 and an absolutely perfect team to beat up on to get back on track. The Cyclones are without their best player, Tyrese Haliburton, who has a fractured left wrist and will miss the remainder of the season. West Virginia will have no problem easily dismissing this inferior, wounded Iowa State team.
Baylor has been one of the most impressive teams this season, but the Bears have lost 2 out of their last 4 games (Kansas at home and TCU on the road) and have sputtered down the stretch. A sold out Coliseum crowd on Senior night will provide the kind of atmosphere that will put the Mountaineers at a huge advantage.
Winning the final two games of the season would make this team forget all about their recent struggles and have them peaking at the perfect time, right before the Big 12 and NCAA Tournaments.
West Virginia is undefeated on neutral courts this season and all of the remaining games in the postseason will be at neutral sites. This is an incredibly tough team to prepare for in tournament situations where coaches will have little time to get their teams ready for the Mountaineers.
Although February was a tough, difficult month for West Virginia, March has the potential to be a really exciting, successful time for these young Mountaineers.