Texas -- 1/17/15
Couldn't ask for a better start for #WVU a Jonathan Holton three, turnover then a Holton dunk. 5-0— Keenan Cummings (@rivalskeenan) January 17, 2015
WE HAVE BROKEN THE CURSE OF TEXAS
SURELY WE WILL PERSEVERE AND CONTINUE THIS PATTERN
NOTHING CAN POSSIBLY GO WRONG
Cameron Ridley with four quick points. #WVU lead cut to 5-4.— Chris Anderson (@CMAnderson247) January 17, 2015
oh no everything started to go wrong immediately
This was like using Bide but then your opponent just used Tail Whip for two turns and then your bide didn't do any damage.
Except the tail whips were dunks. Lots and lots of dunks.
I'd have to run the numbers but WVU seems a lot like VCU in that if you break the press you're scoring— rockchalktalk (@rockchalktalk) January 17, 2015
Was hoping the press would be the difference, but it's not looking like it is. Texas is just a bad match up for us.— Gold And Blue Zone (@GoldAndBlueZone) January 17, 2015
Yeah, here's the thing. This team is completely built around getting good matchups. Oklahoma, with a lack of depth that we could exhaust with the press was an amazing matchup for us.
Texas, with a team full of giant basketball robots that dunk and stuff, was not.
Honestly, they weren't even running plays half the time. Frantically break the press, throw to giant basketball robot, dunk, make us play half court offense against a 2-3, repeat. Ugh.
Matchups always crucial in NCAA Tournament, will be everything for WVU. Good matchups? Could be E8 team. A bad one? Could go out first day.— Patrick Southern (@patricksouthern) January 18, 2015
#LT: that's because WVU is kind of a one-trick pony. If it can't turn opponent over, it struggles. Not sure what Plan B is for this team.— Patrick Southern (@patricksouthern) January 18, 2015
Having said nice things about WVU's effort, gotta say thank God they play so hard, because they'd get run out of a lot of gyms otherwise.— Patrick Southern (@patricksouthern) January 18, 2015
This pretty much makes that same point. We're very very very very good at Plan A. Good enough to be 17-3, but Patrick's right in that there's not really a Plan B that exists with this team.
Now, he also makes a good point in that this team plays their asses off game in and game out, even when they're getting their asses kicked, and that counts for something. It's a hell of a lot better than when our Plan A was "maybe Eron drops 90 points on someone."
TCU -- 1/24/15
(Author's Note: All of my favorites from this game kind of disappeared on me for some odd Twitter reason. Let's be real. There's only one real part you guys wanted to see, anyway.)
MOUNTAINEER RETWEET: THE BEST OF THE BEST OF THE BEST OF WHATEVER THE HELL HAPPENED AT THE END OF THAT GAME.
Let's go drink beer— David Smith (@SmithFire13) January 24, 2015
TCU may not be a ranked opponent, but I'd certainly raise the DefCon Couch rating a notch or two. #WVU— Chris Anderson (@CMAnderson247) January 24, 2015
Me, right now. pic.twitter.com/fxsHlKjp1W— Frogs O' War (@FrogsOWar) January 24, 2015
New rule: relevantly include Doctor Who, get in the Retweet.
"@SBNationCBB: Dubious calls, three "game-winners," a coach going after officials; WVU-TCU had it all" And NOT the coach you'd think!!— Fake Bob Huggins (@FakeBobHuggins) January 24, 2015
Trent Johnson after this thing was absolutely spectacular.
That pass from Daxter Miles to Jevon Carter with 1.8 secs left was unreal. That was a Kevin Love type inbounds pass. #WVU— Gold And Blue Zone (@GoldAndBlueZone) January 24, 2015
SERIOUSLY THIS OUTLET PASS. I CAN'T EVEN COMPREHEND THIS OUTLET PASS. A FRESHMAN THREW THAT OUTLET PASS TO ANOTHER FRESHMAN AND THIS IS OUR FUTURE.
Again, sorry that kind of got abbreviated. Twitter glitch, whatever it was. It was just as stupid as everything that happened in that game.
Kansas State -- 1/27/15
Jonathan Holton was whistled for a technical 17 seconds into the game..... for... talking.— Chris Anderson (@CMAnderson247) January 28, 2015
Don't think K-State is equipped to handle the press. But if WVU can't score, it can't set up the press. (I know, I'm Captain Obvious.)— Patrick Southern (@patricksouthern) January 28, 2015
Gotta eat to live, gotta steal to eat, otherwise we'd get along....
KState looks flummoxed.— MGraves (@WVUfanMG) January 28, 2015
Seriously, though, they did. If we could have hit a shot to save our lives, this was another Oklahoma game. K-State had absolutely nothing against #PressVirginia and we refused to let them die the death they wanted.
This is it, Twitter. The night that basketball died, twitching and moaning.— Jon Morse (@jonfmorse) January 28, 2015
People paid money to see this game.— Big 12 Refs (@Big12Refs) January 28, 2015
This first half, man. This first half. I don't even know where to start with any of it. So, as per tradition, I'll allow someone else to use 140 characters or less to describe what I want to say.
#WVU has four guys with two fouls, Devin Williams is limping, they're shooting 25-percent.... and they're winning on the road.— Chris Anderson (@CMAnderson247) January 28, 2015
I take full responsibility for starting this.
If WVU starts to hit shots, this could get ugly.— David Smith (@SmithFire13) January 28, 2015
They did not begin to hit shots.
It remained ugly.
This sequence sums up West Virginia-Kansas State, only it needs more fouls https://t.co/Nyaj4myEvg— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) January 28, 2015
If you're still expecting serious analysis of this game, you've come to the WRONG place.
Good things come to good people, I guess. Phillip takes awful 3, skims backboard and rim, comes back to him and he drives and scores+foul— Bob Hertzel (@bhertzel) January 28, 2015
Okay one little bit of serious analysis.
Hats off to Tarik Phillip and Jaysean Paige who stormed out of Huggs' dog house and kept us in this game. Some big time shots from Jaysean and Tarik was on the whole time he was in the game. You have to be in love with the future of our back court.
I'll also get in my token bitterness and say that no one on last year's roster could have gotten out of the dog house quickly like these two kids.
Listen to the guy with all the wins.
K-State's band blasting music from Les Miserables in the final minute of this game is pitch perfect.— David Ubben (@davidubben) January 28, 2015
AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT THIS THING COULDN'T GET DUMBER.
ONE DAY MORE...until this game is over— Smoking Musket (@SmokingMusket) January 28, 2015
(this game is actually still happening right now)
@SmokingMusket Do you hear the whistles ring? Calling the fouls that are not there. It is the music of 3 people who are not fully aware...— Jared Hunt (@jaredwv) January 28, 2015
Close up shop, Twitter's over.
I'm pretty sure that Bruce Weber was at the #FrustrationEventHorizon for the entirety of this game. His team had nothing to go against the full court press, and it showed. The only thing that kept K-State in this game was that we absolutely had no ability to make any baskets, ever.
But, at the end of this game we're 17-3. We've hit our win total from last year in the first 20 games. We've got another "should win" coming up on Saturday in Morgantown against Texas Tech, and 2-0 weeks are going to be huge down the stretch. After that, we'll head to Norman to see if the Sooners have figured out anyway to get their thin bench to not die against #PressVirginia, and then we'll head back home for our first match up against Baylor and their 2-3 zone. It's never easy in the Big 12, but as always, keep tweeting and Let's Go Mountaineers!