Tag:College Basketball
Posted on: March 26, 2010 7:30 am

WVU Survives Washington... on to Elite Eight

Although Truck Bryant has been in a slump recently, you could see how his ball handling would have helped against the Huskie pressure. Then watching Butler go down in obvious pain last night, Mountaineer nation had to be holding their collective breath.  Fortunately, it appears to have been nothing serious.  Washington played a very good first half, and they appear to be a power to be reckoned with in the PAC 10 next year as well.

Next up... Kentucky at 7:05 pm Saturday in Syracuse.  This will be the biggest test yet for West Virginia as I feel the Wildcats are the top team left in this wild 2010 tournament.  If the Mountaineers somehow find a way to get past UK, getting to the championship game could be feasible.  But a victory over Kentucky would be a monumental feat for a team with one real point guard (Mazzula), even with a healthy Bryant, WVU would still be the definite underdog here.

Keys to the game... Butler has to shoot better than 5-16.  Great defensive play.  Offensive rebounds.  Reduced turnovers.  Along with Butler, Mazzula, Wellington Smith, Kevin Jones and Devin Ebanks - West Virginia needs great play from their bench, specifically Mitchell, Flowers, Pepper and Kilicli.  They need to take the ball to the basket and hope to get Kentucky into some early foul trouble if possible.

This Mountaineer fan is certainly hoping to see West Virginia reach the final four for the first time since Jerry West helped guide WVU to the 1959 championship game. 

Let's Go Mountaineers!

Posted on: March 19, 2010 8:11 am


Will yesterday's losses by Notre Dame, Georgetown and Marquette in day 1 send a loud message to Syracuse, West Virginia, Pitt and Louisville?  Let us not forget the disputed ending to the Villanova game in overtime as well.  Unlike a majority of the media and some of the fan bases, I have not viewed the Big East conference as the "super power" this season that many would have you believe it is.  Yes, I think it is one of the better conferences in the country but I certainly don't view the Big East in basketball as I view the SEC in football.

Did yesterday's results wreak havoc on my brackets?  Sure they did, and I am sure it probably did the same to many of your brackets out there in "Big Dance" land as well.  My view is that the media is the center of the problem here in building up this perception (or misperception if you will), just as they have done in the past with Big Ten football (until the conference redeemed itself last year during the bowl season).  That was not meant to be a cheap shot at your conference Big Ten fans, just my opinion that sometimes conferences are overrated just based upon past history and it does take a while before perceptions change.

Maybe this should serve as a signal to the Big East that the conference doesn't need 16 basketball schools, and that the conference as a whole would benefit more by having 10 or 12 schools with both football and basketball programs.  Anyway, I'm hoping that day 2 results are a lot more satisfying for Big East fans than yesterday's choke-fest.

Regardless of the outcomes, the Big Dance is still exciting to witness.  Best of luck to all of those teams and fans which are still dancing and may the best team win!

Let's Go Mountaineers!

Posted on: March 17, 2010 10:44 am

Change Can Be Good

Although I have been back here at CBS Sports technically for two years, I have spent most of my on-line fantasy sports and blogging time over the last three years on the Sporting News site where I had a chance to make many friends and enjoy some high quality bloggers. 

Their site is undergoing many drastic changes which has prompted me to return full time to CBS Sports so that I can blog (if wanted), comment on articles and other blogs, support my West Virginia Mountaineers and participate in some of the best fantasy sports games on line.

I look forward to interacting with all of you sports fans both in your blogs and comments but also in fantasy sports competition as well.

Thanks!  Change indeed can be good.

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