Saturday was good to WVU basketball as both hoops squads secured victories in their contests. The men fought through an ugly game against USF to come away with a regular season capping victory while the women took care of Syracuse in their Big East Tournament. Up next for the women are the Hoyas today at noon. The men are off until Wednesday at noon in their final Big East Tournament, where they will face the winner of the UConn/DePaul first round game. Further coverage of the wins awaits...
Women vs. Syracuse
Recaps and Features:
WVU Women Roll Past Syracuse - MSNsportsNET.Com
For the fifth-straight year, the West Virginia University women’s basketball team won its opening game of the BIG EAST Tournament, rolling past Syracuse, 63-48, in its second-round game at the XL Center on Saturday afternoon.
Women’s Basketball: WVU vs. Syracuse Game Recap - WVillustrated
Despite another sluggish start, Mike Carey and his team defeated Syracuse, 63-48, in the second round of the Big East Tournament to earn a matchup with Georgetown Sunday afternoon.
WVU women advance in Big East Tournament - Times West Virginian
"I thought it was a very physical game for both teams," WVU coach Mike Carey said. "I thought our guards attacked extremely well, but we weren’t finishing. We kept rebounding, kept attacking, and eventually some of those started falling. I thought it was a total team effort. If you look at the scoring, we spread it out and played a lot of people to keep fresh guards in there. It worked well for us."
West Virginia women play well enough to down Syracuse - PPG
The Mountaineers(22-8)will play No. 4 seed Georgetown(22-7)Sunday at noon in a quarterfinal. The Hoyas beat the Mountaineers,64-54,when the two teams met at West Virginia Jan. 24.
Big East Report - MSNsportsNET.Com
A recap of Saturday's Big East tournament victory over Syracuse, presented by Northside Automotive.
Men vs. USF
Recaps and Features:
West Virginia 50, South Florida 44 - ESPN
Recap, stats, video, photos, etc
WVU 50, USF 44 - MSNsportsNET.Com
The way the two teams play defense – and miss shots – you had the feeling that the first team to 50 was going to win this one. Well, that team turned out to be West Virginia.
Mountaineers Close Regular Season With Win - WVMETRONEWS.COM
WVU won its final regular season Big East Conference game as the Mountaineers prepared for the league's post season tournament by beating South Florida 50-44 Saturday afternoon in Tampa, Florida.
Defense comes up big for Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
50-44 win over USF should clinch NCAA bid for WVU
Men’s Basketball: WVU vs. South Florida Game Recap - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers hang on to defeat the Bulls 50-44 and may have clinched their spot in the NCAA Tournament in the regular season finale.
No Bull: WVU Wins - BGN
The Mountaineers defeated South Florida 50-44 on Saturday afternoon in Tampa in what was called the Bulls’ biggest home basketball game in 20 years.
Jones, Bryant carry WVU past Bulls - Times West Virginian
This was a slugfest, and to win it Bryant and Jones had to be basketball versions of Joe Louis and Joe Frazier. That had to take a punch and give two back.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Huggins used rowdy crowd for motivation - Times West Virginian
"This is what gets me excited, coming into a place saying it is playing its biggest game in 20 years. Do you know what? That says a lot about where the programs are. When was the last time we played our biggest game in 20 years? Probably never," he said.
WVU Earns First Round Bye in Big East Tourney - WVillustrated
WVU earned a first round bye in next week's Big East Tournament after winning its last two games including Saturday at South Florida.
WVU gets first-round bye in Big East tourney - Charleston Gazette
Somehow, just about everything fell into place for West Virginia on Saturday
Numbers lie but, truth is, WVU is in - Charleston Gazette
"We're not going to give up. I won't allow this team to give up,'' Jones said. "Truck won't allow this team to give up. Deniz won't allow this team to give up. We will not. If we go down, we go down fighting no matter who we play against.''
What we learned from Saturday afternoon - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
Includes several bubble updates, including the WVU/USF game
Bracketology 2012: North Carolina Takes Fourth Top Seed (For Now) - SBNation.com
Back up to a 10 seed here