As a Mountaineer you become accustomed to heartbreaking losses and surprising victories, but its part of the joy and privilege to have a football and basketball team that is good on a national level. Very few schools can claim that, especially schools the size of WVU. This team is just a preview of what Huggins as a coach is capable of doing. He took a team with players designed for a ball motion offense with no defense to a hard nosed in the paint defensive team. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do with his own recruits that will better fit his system.
Devastation is what I felt last night for a few moments, but this morning the sun is shining (okay, technically it’s a freaking monsoon outside) and that lose doesn’t look that bad in the light of day. To come back from an 18 point deficit and loose in overtime? Not to shabby.
My first thought this morning though: damn foul shots got us again.
Foul shots did not beat us. Getting back on defense after going up 6…..when they got a quick layup…….turnover down 1……..guarding everyone on the out of bounds play……..going behind ball screens instead of in front……..those are the things that got us beat……and oh by the way……Xavier did not have to make 3 three pointers in OT…..but they did……mm
2000Grad…we beat the hell out of Duke/ACC. I have never been a fan of talking shit but in that case, it was warranted. Wins over Notre Dame, OSU, Pitt, any ACC team, Penn State, and now Michigan should be allowed postgame smack talk.
This was one of the few games I remember where you could actually SEE the different levels of experience between the teams, especially in the overtime. Experienced teams don’t make small mistakes, and they take advantage of small mistakes made by others. The WVU-UCLA game in Los Angeles a few years ago was that way, too: you could tell that WVU had five seniors on the court, and that UCLA had a group of really talented underclassmen.
I just want to say one final THANK YOU to Darris, Jamie, and Ted. I wish we could have sent you off with a final win, but you should all be so proud of all you’ve accomplished. Know that WVU fans are definitely proud and thankful for all you’ve done for us over the years!
There were maybe 25 WVU folks there, and at least six of us were either out there for work or vacation, so not a real huge contingent. Met a couple West Virginians who now live out there, a nice group of folks.