(AUTHOR'S NOTE: I sincerely apologize for the Retweet disappearing for a while. The lesson is, as it always is, don't go to law school. All of those columns would have been depressing anyway and you would have hated them. Let's have fun now.)
I’m trying to find a reason to believe in the upset tonight. Someone talk me into WVU beating Kansas.— Patrick Southern (@patricksouthern) February 17, 2015
This was a very legitimate question. I wasn't sure about the answer, either.
Best response yet. By far. RT @MKirchner12: @patricksouthern I mean the really shitty team beat them last year. So miracles happen I guess.— Patrick Southern (@patricksouthern) February 17, 2015
LOL JK, I ALWAYS HAVE THE ANSWERS.
Jerry is ready. pic.twitter.com/DjJLS81dII— David Smith (@SmithFire13) February 17, 2015
Snow is good for really great shots. It also is good for destroying your crowd for giant Big Monday games. I will say this, though, the 7,000 that faced potential death to get to the Coliseum were on point. It was a great small crowd, if a bad one for Stripe the Coliseum purposes.
HUGE 8-0 start for #WVU has the Coliseum to their feet as Kansas calls a timeout.— Marc Basham (@marc_b) February 17, 2015
Seeing this team come out absolutely FIRING was awesome to see after the starts we'd witness in the last couple of weeks.
Setting the tone early and hitting some shots got the aforementioned small crowd into the swing of things and built critical early confidence that we could actually do this basketball thing.
#WVU has got a good start but leads only 17-8 near the mid-way point of the first half.— Keenan Cummings (@rivalskeenan) February 17, 2015
Here's the converse to that. As good as our start was, it could have and should have been more than an 11 point lead at its apex. It was somewhat of a wasted opportunity that's not getting brought up because we won.
When a team like Kansas gives you the chance to put a boot on their throat early, you've gotta take it. If you don't, it'll bite you in the ass and it almost did on Monday night.
If Gary Browne keeps playing like this, I'm going directly to my Gary shrine in my basement and sacrificing whiskey and a live chicken.— David Smith (@SmithFire13) February 17, 2015
Big three-pointer from Juwan Staten and #WVU is up 26-20.— Chris Anderson (@CMAnderson247) February 17, 2015
I'm going to go off on a bit of a tangent here and do some talking about Juwan's draft stock. For him to get anywhere, he NEEDS to start taking and making these open threes. It's something that scouts will notice and get on him about. He has the capacity to make them now, it's a matter of wanting to take them.
Okay, just needed to point that out.
Love seeing Dev Williams looking good early. As he goes, WVU goes.— Brandon Priddy (@abpriddy) February 17, 2015
We're also going to take some time to talk about Devin Williams. He took a lot of crap last year and the beginning of this year. It was stupid then and any type of crap he gets is really stupid now.
This kid is going to be a transcendent four year player. He's going to be an unstoppable force of nature next year and especially his senior year. If he continues to develop his jumper, he's going to be Kevin Jones in an NBA body. It's going to be awesome.
Yeah, I'm that high on Devin Williams.
This is usually the time of the year #WVU gets an Asian woman on a tall unicycle kicking lots of bowls on her head. That makes me sad :(— Marc Basham (@marc_b) February 17, 2015
I'm going to have to give a shout out to whatever the hell that Simon Says thing was, though. That was hilarious. He can stay.
The end was a complete Hunger Games ripoff, though.
god i hope some of you were at this game no one's going to get that otherwise
Quick 5-0 run out of halftime by Kansas. WVU down 35-33.— WVU IMG Sports (@WVUIMGSports) February 17, 2015
Welp. It was at this point that I started to have flashbacks to literally every game we've lost this year. Sluggish starts in the second half have been our death (when it hasn't been sluggish starts in both halfs) and doing it against Kansas does not bode well.
Our Mountaineers needed a saviour.....
BillyDee Williams with the corner three. It works every time. #WVU trails 46-43 pic.twitter.com/2tGyXvtwg7— Marc Basham (@marc_b) February 17, 2015
/sharp intake of breath
oh my god
be still my heart
my time has finally come
Thank you, Smitty,, for getting the assist and tweeting that while my phone was dead at the game.
The roof is officially gone from the Coliseum. Back-to-back threes for Carter gives #WVu a 60-59 lead with 2:27 left.— Marc Basham (@marc_b) February 17, 2015
This game proceeded to go back and forth the rest of the way. Then Jevon happened. Patrick said on Twitter that had the weather been good and the Coliseum had been full, the roof would no longer exist. That was true. The place went ballistic here.
Losing Juwan is going to be tough, but if this season has taught me anything, it's that I'm completely comfortable with Jevon Carter being THE GUY for the next three years. I want the ball in his hands whenever possible the next three years. He's going to make some absolutely huge shots, and to be honest, he already has. He's special.
You don't draw up a pair of long twos from Staten and a 3 from Nate Adrian when you imagine this scenario playing out in your mind.— Patrick Southern (@patricksouthern) February 17, 2015
Before the Juwan moment, this game was setting up as an ALL-TIME loss. Three really stupid trips, down one, that came up with nothing. It was brutal and I wanted to cry. I think this guy in the row in front of us was going to take the bridge.
#WVU gets the ball down one with 8.3 seconds to play. Clinch your butt cheeks together y'all cause we're in for one tight finish.— Marc Basham (@marc_b) February 17, 2015
Final 8.3 seconds down one point, what you drawing up? #HailWV— Jeff Culhane (@jeffculhane) February 17, 2015
You draw up this.
What a move: Juwan Staten's #SCtop10 spin to the basket in closing seconds leads West Virginia over Kansas. http://t.co/gq5eYGVk7L— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 17, 2015
OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH KANSAS— Santa Beebe (@DanBeebe) February 17, 2015
DOUBLE ORDER "@J2thaissr15: @SmithFire13 ONIONS!!! 2 HELPINGS!!!"— David Smith (@SmithFire13) February 17, 2015
Make that two times I've stormed the court against Kansas. #WVU— Joshua Wayne Evans (@WordsOfEvans) February 17, 2015
Hurdled 3 seats to Storm the court man I love my school! #WVU http://t.co/sx52FDOW7z— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) February 17, 2015
West Virginia beat Kansas. West Virginia saved its season. West Virginia should be playing for a tournament seed from here on out, and if you told us that in October, we'd call you crazy.
It's been a hell of a ride with a bunch of new pieces, but this team is way ahead of schedule, plays their ass off every damn game, and is fun.
The schedule is still rough, and maybe this team hits a bad match up in March and goes home early. That doesn't matter right now. Enjoy this win. Maybe it was just the confidence booster this team needed to get its swagger back. Enjoy the ride, and I'll see y'all next week.
Until then, keep tweeting and Let's Go Mountaineers.