Sweet Sixteen Preview: West Virginia-Washington

Jimmy ShayContributor IMarch 25, 2010

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 21:  Da'Sean Butler #1 of the West Virginia Mountaineers looks on against the Missouri Tigers during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at HSBC Arena at HSBC Arena on March 21, 2010 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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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.

                                                                                 Advantage- WASHINGTON


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