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Sunday Post-Game Hangover: Louisville (1/29/12) Edition

Coliseum Vision highlights from West Virginia's 77-74 loss to Louisville on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va.

If the WVU basketball team played horseshoes, hand-grenades or thermonuclear weapons, they would be sitting pretty in the conference (and national, for that matter) standings. Close games with close losses is likely how this season will be remembered. Not that it's over yet, by any stretch. Huggs said, "we're THIS close." The only problem is, "close" doesn't do you any favors in Big East basketball and certainly not when it comes down to selection Sunday in a couple weeks. Five games and a conference tournament is all this team has left to prove it's worthy to go dancing...and prove it with wins over good teams, they must. All of the usual post-game coverage is inside.

Recaps and Features:

No. 23 Cardinals spread scoring load, turn back Mountaineers - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos and video

Louisville 77, West Virginia 74 - MSNsportsNET.Com
Kyle Kuric’s 17 points, including a pair of free throws with six seconds left, helped 24th-ranked Louisville defeat West Virginia 77-74 Saturday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown.

Cardinals Steal Win In Morgantown - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap, gallery and video

No. 24 Louisville steals one from WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
In a game the players labeled as one they had to win if they wanted to make the NCAA Tournament, West Virginia did everything right to build a 13-point lead against Louisville and then everything wrong to let the visitors take the game at the end.

Frustrating; maddening - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers near misses continue in 77-74 loss to No. 24 Louisville

WVU lets another one slip away - Register-Herald
Late rally lifts No. 24 Louisville to 77-74 win over Mountaineers

Louisville sends WVU to fifth loss in six games - Times West Virginian
The loss, West Virginia’s fifth in the last six games, the last four of which were by six points or less, left then at 16-10 for the year and below .500 in Big East Conference play at 6-7.

Men's Basketball: WVU vs. Louisville Game Recap - WVillustrated
Louisville erased a nine-point second-half deficit to defeat West Virginia 77-74 in come-from-behind fashion on Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.

Frustration Shows As WVU Drops Five of Six - WVillustrated
Emotions are high for a team that once showed such promise but is currently in a slump that is jeopardizing its postseason goals.

Bob Huggins: Mountaineers are ‘this close’ - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Bob Huggins held his thumb and index finger up and said West Virginia was this close to being really good.

HERTZEL COLUMN: No more ‘ifs’ or ‘buts’ for Mountaineers - Times West Virginian
“They are trying. We just got to stop all the ‘ifs and buts’. What I told them is I am tired of ‘ifs’ … ‘if we would do this right, if would do that, if we wouldn’t do this.’”

Collapse Sends WVU To Bubble - BGN
West Virginia players and coach Bob Huggins said Friday they had been in more dire situations in terms of their NCAA Tournament hopes before. After another collapse on Saturday, perhaps that isn’t true now.

Mindless plays a main culprit in WVU downturn - Charleston Gazette
During this Mountaineer losing stretch, which has reached five of six games, coach Bob Huggins' team has refused to quit. But it has certainly been falling apart.

Furious Rally Sparks Louisville To 77-74 Win At West Virginia - Card Chronicle


Photo Gallery: WVU vs Louisville - WVillustrated

Photo Gallery II: WVU vs Louisville - BGN


Video: Louisville Postgame - BGN
Huggs, KJ, Truck and Turk

WVU Men's Basketball Interviews Following Louisville Loss - WVillustrated
KJ, Huggs, Rutledge and Truck

VIDEO: Louisville Post Game - WVMETRONEWS.COM
KJ, Turk and Truck