The West Virginia Mountaineers should make it past the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but it’s not a certainty.
Murray State, the 12-seed, is a dangerous bunch. The Racers have won 13 straight and are looking to pull the 12-seed over 5-seed upset that always seems to pop up each March.
ESPN’s Jake Trotter went through and evaluated each Friday matchup based on upset potential. When it comes to West Virginia-Murray State, he rates the Racers’ chance of an upset as “adequate.”
“West Virginia’s veteran backcourt gives it a chance to make a deep run,” Trotter wrote. “But Murray State comes into the tournament on a 13-game winning streak, the second-longest active streak in Division I. The Racers can play.”
Trotter also picked Dexter Miles Jr. as the player to watch in the game over fellow Mountaineers guard Jevon Carter. “Miles went 15-of-27 from 3-point range over three games,” Trotter wrote. “If he keeps that up, as Texas Tech coach Chris Beard put it, West Virginia might walk to the Sweet 16.”
The Mountaineers have made the tournament nine out of the last 11 seasons, but have only made the Elite Eight once in that span, in the 2010 season. The journey of a thousand miles (or six games) begins with a single step, and West Virginia’s journey begins at 3 p.m. CT on TNT.
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