Game Day Stats:
Date- 7:27 PM ET, March 25, 2010
Arena- Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
Front Court:West Virginia's front court is led by the team's top 3 scorers in Da'Sean Butler(17 ppg), Kevin Jones(13 ppg), and Devin Ebanks (12 ppg). Clearly this will pose as a huge problem for Washington's big men but they still have a fighting chance. The big match up in the front court features WVU's Butler and Washington's Quincy Pondexter. Both are oversized guards which a boat load of talent. Whoever wins this match up I think wins the game for their team.
Advantage- WEST VIRGINIA
Back Court: How will Darryl Bryant contain the Huskies sophomore phenom Isaiah Thomas? Thomas is averaging 17 points a game to go along with 3 assists. He runs the offense, so if Bryant can at least stall his offensive production and work him on offense he could help the Mountaineers send Washington packing.
Bottomline: Don't be fooled by the Huskies playing in the Pac 10. This team is red hot and it's March Madness baby! Pondexter and Thomas are playing out of their freaking minds right now so don't be surprised by an upset if they can handle the Mountaineers tough front line. While they are hot, so is West Virginia. Fresh off winning the Big East tournament they came right back to win in the first round and then against an under rated Missouri team in a tough win. Look for the Mountaineers to continue their toughness on the way to the Elite Eight.
Prediction: West Virginia 81 Washington 76