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Re: NCAA Tournament Thread
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It's simple, refs will always help the heavyweights. That's something we have to live with in college sports now.

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Re: NCAA Tournament Thread

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Some stats.

Both Adrian and Carter have played all but 3 minutes of the Tournament so far.

Carter leads scoring with 35 points with Phillip (28) and Ahmad (26) next.

Adrian/Ahmad (15) and Carter/Macon (10) are the only consistent rebounders. Phillip (6) has more than Miles (5), Watkins (4) and Konate (3).

Miles has 5 steals to 0 turnovers, Adrian has 2 steals to 6 turnovers.

Watkins and Konate are clearly just big bodies on the floor...disappointing they haven't contributed more.

Beetle only got 2 minutes and wasn't able to do anything with them.


Ahmad and Adrian need to value the ball more.

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Re: NCAA Tournament Thread
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Breakdown of Sweet 16 by conference:

Big 12 - 3 (WVU, Kansas, Baylor)
Big Ten - 3 (Wisconsin, Purdue, Michigan)
SEC - 3 (Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida)
Pac 12 - 3 (Arizona, Oregon, UCLA)
Big East - 2 (Xavier, Butler)
WCC - 1 (Gonzaga)
ACC - 1 (North Carolina)

I am impressed with how well the Big Ten did. The Badgers, Wolverines and Boilermakers had maybe the most impressive combined wins in the second round by any conference.

Also, the SEC showing they are more than football this year.


bwaaahaaaahaaaaaaa

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Re: NCAA Tournament Thread
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A sports announcer's wife has all had her brackets right by picking the more powerful mascot... The Mountaineer shot the Bison. The Leprechaun was obviously no match for the Mountaineer.... And next the Bull Dogs, a dog may be man's best friend, but the Mountaineer is still the master.

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Re: NCAA Tournament Thread
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Sounds like a good way to pick to me:). We watch 20 games a week and my brackets completely sucked. I hope I remember that next year. Otherwise I think I'm going to go with colors. And damn...you have a gun...I guess you're good as gold...and blue.

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Re: NCAA Tournament Thread

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Was just reading an article and they brought up something I've already forgotten about.


Devin Williams, Terry Henderson and Eron Harris were supposed to be part of the team this year.



More fodder:

We'll be losing Adrian, Watkins, Myers and Phillip...but Carter, Miles, Macon, and Ahmad all return next year, and Sags, Beetle, Harler, Bender and Routt will have another year of growing up.

We'll also be breaking in Brandon Knapper (4*), Derek Culver (4*), D'Angelo Hunter (#5 JC), Teddy Allen and Wesley Harris (#10 JC).

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Re: NCAA Tournament Thread
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WVisHome wrote:
Was just reading an article and they brought up something I've already forgotten about.


Devin Williams, Terry Henderson and Eron Harris were supposed to be part of the team this year.



More fodder:

We'll be losing Adrian, Watkins, Myers and Phillip...but Carter, Miles, Macon, and Ahmad all return next year, and Sags, Beetle, Harler, Bender and Routt will have another year of growing up.

We'll also be breaking in Brandon Knapper (4*), Derek Culver (4*), D'Angelo Hunter (#5 JC), Teddy Allen and Wesley Harris (#10 JC).


Two things to add:

-With William, Henderson and Harris all gone, only one play has experience against Gonzaga: Nate played 16 minutes as a freshman in an 80-76 loss.

- A recruiting note: there are rumors Culver is going to have to prep or go to a JUCO due to grades. While that sucks, WVU has been working on 5* guard M.J. Walker.

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- A recruiting note: there are rumors Culver is going to have to prep or go to a JUCO due to grades. While that sucks, WVU has been working on 5* guard M.J. Walker.


That sucks, but Walker would be an upgrade. Interesting, according to that link, he's narrowed down choices to us and Kansas.

I never thought we'd be competing with Kansas for a recruit.



Interesting....after doing some research, I came across a post on a KU Scout board titled "Is MJ Walker a Jayhawk?"

One of the posts in that thread was:
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I've hung out with Walker's coach a little bit and I know he loves Huggins, would be very surprised if Walker chose KU over WVU.


The BB coach at Jonesboro HS in Georgia is Dan Maehlman. (He's also the volleyball coach, baseball coach, athletic directer AND a teacher.) His team won back to back State Championships in 15 & 16, and they've been in the Final Four for 4 years straight.

Who is Maehlman and why would he love Huggins?

So...I dug a littler further and found a publication from Moeller, a Catholic HS. Where is this school you might ask? In Cincinnati, OH, where Maehlman graduated in 1992.


What else happened in Cincinnati in 1992? That's the year Huggins took Nick Van Exel and Cincinnati to the Final Four.


Good enough, right?

It gets better.





Guess where Maehlman went to college on a basketball scholarship.... Alderson Broaddus College...in West Virginia.




Also, remember the immediate post-game interview after knocking off Notre Dame?

"How are you going to celebrate this win?"

"I'm gonna go recruit."



Hmmmm.


There might be fire behind that smoke.









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Great article

Savor this moment - Believe in West Virginia

When Bob Huggins accepted the WVU job back in 2007 (which does not seem that long ago but at the same time seems like an eternity) he uttered what seemed like a coach speak phrase.

“I came back here for a reason.”

At the time, that could have been interpreted in many ways. It could have meant that he just wanted to be back in Morgantown, the place where he was born and where he went to college. It could have been because he wanted his family to experience the town that he spent so much of his life.

But now and over the last several years, it’s becoming pretty clear what Huggins was speaking about.

He came back to win a national championship.

Not only did he come back to win one but he truly believes that he can and that he will before it is all said and done at his alma mater.

The definition of believing is to accept something as true and to feel sure of the truth. Belief is not to be confused with false hope, which a lot of the time it so naturally is.

Huggins truly believes deep down in his West Virginia rooted heart that a national championship banner will soon be hanging from the Coliseum rafters. There are a couple final four banners hanging proudly up there already but coach Huggins is not satisfied with those. He wants more and so do the fans.

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Re: NCAA Tournament Thread
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Dear Huggy: PLEASE let them rest. Walk throughs, strategy/scouting sessions, and shoot arounds (especially free throws) are ALL that is necessary this time of year.

You have them READY, now let them REST.

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Re: NCAA Tournament Thread

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http://www.foxsports.com/college-bask ... urnaments-sweet-16-032017

#4. Four of the five most efficient defenses in the country made the Sweet 16 (Gonzaga, Florida, South Carolina, West Virginia). The only team that didn't, UVA, is probably still giving up 3-pointers to Florida. Three of the five most efficient offenses will play this weekend too (UCLA, Michigan, Kansas). The worst units still alive, in terms of KenPom efficiency are South Carolina (No. 124 offense) and UCLA (No. 77 defense).

#9. The long lens of history isn't kind to Gonzaga. Of the last 26 teams to enter the tournament with zero or one loss (the Zags have the latter), none have won the title. The last team to do so was Bob Knight's undefeated Indiana team of 1976. Of the last 22 teams to enter with exactly one loss, you have to go all the way back to 1974's N.C. State team to find a champion.


OH, ESPN....keep it up.

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bask ... -ncaa-tournament-sweet-16

4. Gonzaga will make the Final Four and silence the doubters


Gonzaga's depth is what separates this Bulldogs team from past versions that failed to make the Final Four. It's fair to discuss the what-ifs after a horrendous non-call on a goaltending violation during Northwestern's loss to Gonzaga in the second round. But the Bulldogs still managed to demonstrate why they're perhaps Mark Few's greatest team, with depth few teams in the country can match. (It's not like their next game is against a team that plays a 10 man rotation or anything )

The Bulldogs will enter the Sweet 16 as the hunted in the West Region. After they beat an oppressive West Virginia squad and then knock off Arizona at full strength in the rematch -- Allonzo Trier didn't play in Gonzaga's win over the Wildcats earlier this season -- the Zags will secure the program's first trip to the Final Four and arrive in Glendale as a feared team capable of winning a ring.



The next article: Looking for a Sweet Sixteen team to root for?

You want a live mascot at the Final Four?

Butler is your team. The Bulldogs are the only squad in the Sweet 16 with a live mascot, and Blue -- aka Trip -- is not only a living, breathing, four-legged wonder, he's also quite active on Twitter. Follow the pup's (and team's) journey through his feed.

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Re: NCAA Tournament Thread

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Sorry for all the posts...nothing ruins your Thursday like realizing it's only Tuesday.


http://www.wvillustrated.com/story/34 ... te-mountaineers-in-return


Jevon Carter doesn’t need to be reminded of the last time his team reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament. He can picture it clearly in his mind. A painful, vivid memory of his first trip to the Sweet Sixteen still burns in his head.

“I just remember that emotionless walk coming off the court,” Carter said. “That same walk I had coming from the Big 12 Tournament this year, last year, last year’s NCAA Tournament. I’m just tired of losing.”

That emotionless walk was at the end of a 78-39 loss to Kentucky in Cleveland. For nearly half of the current roster, Thursday’s return to the Sweet Sixteen represents a chance to set things right.

“We played a tough team,” senior guard Tarik Phillip said of that game in 2015. “I feel like we were just happy to be there. Right now, we’ve been there before, we’ve been in different situations in the NCAA Tournament, so feel like we’re more calm.”

If the Mountaineers are just happy to be on their way to San Jose, they aren’t showing it.

Each pregame press conference in Buffalo consisted of four players who showed little to no emotion, often staring straight ahead, focused on something beyond the reporters crowding the room in search of a quote.....


Maybe getting humbled by Kentucky 2 years ago, and looking past SFA last year won't be in vain.

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Re: NCAA Tournament Thread
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Harris and Henderson would not be playing for WVU had they stayed! They would have graduated last year. The red shirt year when they transferred changed their graduation year.

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Re: NCAA Tournament Thread

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Harris and Henderson would not be playing for WVU had they stayed! They would have graduated last year. The red shirt year when they transferred changed their graduation year.


Touche`




One more thing of note....recently here at work they created a new role called the SAP/Work Management Champion. They filled the position with a lady from one of our Texas plants. She came with high qualifications including the implementation of SAP at a pharmaceutical company.

It turns out it was the same person I had been teleconferencing with for the previous couple months about some SAP scripting work her team was doing for me. When she finally got on site and I had my first FTF meeting with her, we were all doing our introductions, and when her turn came she said she was originally from Morgantown, WV!

After the meeting I asked her about it and if she went to WVU (she did) and revealed I was also from WV and went there too. She said "I KNEW there was a reason I liked you!" lol

It turns out she's technically from Masontown....and the pharmaceutical company she rolled out SAP for was Mylan.

So, our new SAP champion is a WV born WVU grad....and our next 2 games are at the SAP Center.

That's my super lame WVU/SAP connection of the day, lol.


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https://www.theet.com/sports/wvu/exper ... 2b-847e-e83a2ad61e7e.html

“The one thing about West Virginia that’s the same, when we played them back in the Big East and more so today, they’ve got men,” Brey said. “They have old dudes, and staying old is a good thing in college basketball. They were a little older than us today.”

This is a West Virginia team with five freshmen, mind you, but it is an old team, a team that has played a lot of games.

Think about what Brey is saying in a different light — exchange the word experienced for old.

WVU has six juniors and seniors taking up much of the playing time — Jevon Carter, Nathan Adrian, Tarik Phillip, Daxter Miles Jr., Elijah Macon and Brandon Watkins.

When the Mountaineers take the floor against Gonzaga, it will be Miles’ 100th game played, meaning all of them have played 100 or more games at WVU.

Combined, the total is 664 games and 10,615 minutes on the floor ... to say nothing of how many minutes on the practice floor with Huggins driving and teaching them.

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Re: NCAA Tournament Thread
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Nice article about Beilein and his comparison of our 2005 team to this year's Michigan team.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/spor ... hn-beilein-path/99473222/

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Nice article about Beilein and his comparison of our 2005 team to this year's Michigan team.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/spor ... hn-beilein-path/99473222/

Who is Beilein?

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Re: NCAA Tournament Thread
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Hawkins97 wrote:
Nice article about Beilein and his comparison of our 2005 team to this year's Michigan team.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/spor ... hn-beilein-path/99473222/

Who is Beilein?


The guy who saved the program after a coach bailed on us weeks after being hired and Huggs turned us down the first time.


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