Basketball

PREDICTIONS: No. 24 Iowa State at No. 10 West Virginia

Jan 7, 2017; Morgantown, WV, USA; A West Virginia Mountaineers cheerleader performs before their game against the TCU Horned Frogs at WVU Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

No. 24 Iowa State at No. 10 West Virginia 

TV: 6 p.m. on ESPN2

Line: West Virginia by 7.5

Chris Williams: Have you ever been to Morgantown? It’s in the United States but seems to almost be in a whole other world. My guess is that a 7 p.m. tip on a Friday night will not equal a welcoming environment for Steve Prohm’s squad with the winner earning a 2-seed in next week’s Big 12 Tournament. I’ll take the Mountaineers because of the home court but with the way Iowa State is playing, wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Cyclones bring home a victory.

Brent Blum: West Virginia’s 3-point shooting has been woeful the last two games, shooting just 6-30 in those contests. Iowa State has to hope that continues. The Mountaineers are not a great offense in the half-court and if the Cyclones can strangely enough “slow the game down,” I think this goes down to the wire. Beating a focused West Virginia team in Morgantown is a tough task. The people will be fired up and the Mountaineers are really good when that building is charged. This is going to be a wild one, but ultimately the home court proves to be too much and West Virginia emerges victorious. West Virginia 78 Iowa State 74.

Chris Williams

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Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old CycloneNation.com (Scout.com). He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, CycloneReport.com and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.