See Joe Dunk!

Could Joe Alexander become the NBA version of Peyton Manning?

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Suck It, Voters…Computers Are Our True Love

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Think I give two (insert synonym for poop here) about what human voters think about our basketball team?  The answer after this commercial break…

UConn Build-Up

Stephen Curry, err….Davidson Open Thread

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I guess they have other players.  I assume we’ll find out tonight.

Note: I lied — I do know that they have at least one other player.  Why do I know that?  He’s out for tonight’s game, that’s why.  Though, frankly, his name sounds made up, so I’m still skeptical.  Either way, even playing 1 vs. 5, Davidson is a 2 point favorite.

Thoughts on the Ugliest of Ugly Wins

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We’re a young team, I get that.  There’s going to be some tough patches throughout this season.  But good lord was that ugly.  Still, a win is a win is a win is a road win over a probable SEC tournament team.  In about three months, we’ll be looking lovingly back to this win, overjoyed to have it on our resume.

A few thoughts:

  • I am 100% in favor of Huggins threatening gun violence or medieval torture against players who can’t shoot free throws.  And when I say players, I mean the entire team.  We suck.  I get the weightlifting angle, with the thought that it will improve as the season goes on.  But no team should be this bad, on any level.
  • Gutsy play by Joe Mazzulla.  Obviously, he wasn’t his best, but even the most blackhearted among us (including: me) can respect that effort.

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Pounding At The Tad Pad

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I don’t know about the rest of you but I am ready to put this disappointing football season behind me and focus on basketball.  It is tougher to get pumped for basketball games since there is less alcohol involved but lets change that and drink heavily for every game. 

Tonight, at 9 p.m., CBH faces his old mentee Andy Kennedy in a crucial game for our Mountaineers.  After a demoralizing defeat at the hands Blue Ball Nation, the Mountaineers need to make a statement on the road.  With a 32-3 home record under Kennedy, getting a W could be a much tougher task than I originally thought.

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Cam Thoroughman = BAMF

Cam Thoroughman has become a semi-celebrity among Duke haters everywhere for planting Gerald Henderson on his ass. Just watch and enjoy.

[courtesy Awful Announcing]

WVU and Sweet 16 — Like Lamb and Tuna Fish

— Oh, yes. They make terrific pair. They went together like lamb and tuna fish
— Lamb and tuna fish?
— Maybe you like spaghetti and meatball? You more comfortable with that analogy?

Actually, I like lamb and tuna fish, so we’re sticking with that.

WVU is back in the Sweet 16 for the third time in four years. It’s becoming a March tradition. The only blemish on that statistic is 2007, a year in which we won the NIT. Not the greatest parting gift, but it could have been worse.

We’re accomplishing this feat with two different coaches and two very, very different playing styles. Most people wrote 2005 and 2006 off as a Pittsnogle anomaly. Obviously, that’s not the case.

So, it begs the question, are we now a Sweet 16 fixture?

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SWEET 16!!

It was dicey, but this group of guys showed that I’m an idiot — and that they are all heart.

MVP Joe Mazzulla: 13 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, and 100% effort all damn day

The Key To Tonight (And Beyond)

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Dancing Shoes

The brackets are out, here, and we are in as the seven seed against a high quality Arizona squad. It may be the “West” Bracket but the west coast is coming to DC and I’m PUMPED.

But don’t worry, I’m not gonna do what you all think I’m gonna do, which is, you know, FLIP OUT! But who’s coming, if anybody else wants to come with me, this moment will be the ground floor of something real and fun and inspiring and true in this godforsaken business and we will do it together! Who’s coming with me besides…”Charley” here?

Our tournament preview will come once we’ve sobered up but let’s just say that Charley nor the 25314 have a chance against my bracket picking skills. Stay tuned and find your dancing shoes.

And The Legend Continues To Grow…

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Uncce, Uncce, Uncce, Uncce

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Damn, that was a little to close for comfort but the fellas got a huge W. With this win the Mountaineers have punched their ticket to the big dance. All we have to worry about now is our seed.

Right now, we are most likely an 8 or 9 seed and I do not like that one bit. But, if we were to win one or two games in the BET, we could move up to a 7 seed and at least play the 2 seed in the second round. Either way a tournament birth in CBH first year is a hell of an accomplishment.

Get your dancing shoes on and get ready for the uncce, uncce, uncce of the Big Dance…

Tyler Hansbrough Is N-O-T Player of the Year

I bleed, therefore I am (awesome).

Michael Beasley is putting up BETTER numbers than Kevin Durant a year ago and he’s still going to finish second to Hansbrough. Just take a look at the numbers:

Tyler Hansbrough

23.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.3 blocks, 2.1 turnovers

Michael Beasley

26.9 points, 12.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.7 blocks, 2.9 turnovers

Beasley leads four categories to Hansbrough’s two. (And by the way, how can a guy 6’10” only average 0.3 blocks? Dumbfounding.)

Now, the Hansbrough argument is that he is playing on the one of the best teams in America and gets less touches and shots than Beasley, who plays for a team fighting for its tournament life. That’s all fine and good. But it also takes the focus off Hansbrough. He also has one of the best PGs in America in Ty Lawson feeding him the ball. Think he’s getting the ball in good position? Yeah, I thought so too.

Beasley, of course, doesn’t have that great PG feeding him the ball. No starter on Kansas State averages more than 3.5 assists or over 1.5 assists/turnovers. In contrast, Lawson averages 5.6 assists and 2.6 assists/turnovers. But Beasley still manages to shoot 54% from the field. That’s just below Hansbrough’s 55%. Negligible, at best.

Beasley is a monster. Hansbrough is a very good player who gets a lot of advantages from his teammates. He also plays in Chapel Hill, as opposed to the wasteland that is Manhattan, Kansas. Though if Beasley is not POY, as I suspect he won’t, he’ll just have to fall asleep on all the money he’ll be getting from being the #1 player in the 2008 NBA Draft.

Insert Long, Long String Of Obscenities Here

This just about sums it up.

Well, tonight was certainly a huge pile of shit. I would much rather wax philosophical on something about greener grass and another hill, but I can’t. Or at least I won’t, mostly because I want to curl up in the fetal position.

Tonight’s game was one of the single worst efforts I have ever seen in my short 153 year history with Mountaineer basketball. Awful shooting, lax rebounding, almost zero effort on defense. Not to mention the fact that we couldn’t catch a break with the referees and every piece of junk Cincinnati threw up went in. Add all that up and you get a 62-39 home loss. Last time I checked, that’s not good.

Just how bad was it?

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