Kansas State at West Virginia
WHEN/WHERE: 3 p.m. Saturday at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va.
TV/RADIO: ESPN2; KCSP (610 AM)
The Lowdown: West Virginia is in a surprising slump. After starting Big 12 play with four straight wins the Mountaineers have lost five of six to fall into a tie for fourth in the conference standings. They are coming off a 93-77 loss at Iowa State. They will look to rebound against K-State, the team they are tied with in the league standings. The Wildcats are coming off a home loss to Kansas, but had won five of six before that game.
K-State player to watch: Xavier Sneed. K-State coach Bruce Weber has said he wants more production from Sneed, a sophomore wing, and this is as good a game as any for him to comply. Sneed scored 20 points against West Virginia earlier this season and seems due for a breakout game.
WVU player to watch: Sagaba Konate. One of the top shot-blockers in the nation, it could be a challenge for K-State players like Barry Brown and Cartier Diarra to finish drives against West Virginia’s center.
Kellis Robinett’s Prediction
West Virginia 74, Kansas State 69. The Mountaineers are slumping, but they have also won seven of eight against the Wildcats. This is simply a bad matchup for K-State, which can’t match West Virginia’s depth.
Kellis Robinett: @kellisrobinett