MY GOD WHAT A GAME! I had to erase everything I’d already started to write when were looking down and out, so you’re getting a stream of consciousness here. Also, let it be known that I was one point away from nailing my prediction in the preview article (84-79).
With just under eight minutes left in the game, Missouri’s Jontay Porter scored on a layup and it looked like the Tigers were going to roll to victory over the No. 23 Mountaineers. But Jevon Carter, Daxter Miles and Wesley Harris had other plans. The Mountaineers committed to the press again, after foul trouble early in the game forced them to loosen up, and absolutely rattled the Tigers. Jordan Geist may been to seek counseling to get visions of Press Virginia out of his nightmares after this game.
JUST LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL GRAPH
National Defensive Player of the Year Jevon Carter had himself a career night, finishing with 29 points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals. Daxter Miles added 26 points, five rebounds and four steals. Harris finished with nine points, ten rebounds and three steals. The Mountaineers, overall, were 31-of-35 from the charity stripe, which I feel like is a record for a Bob Huggins coached team.
The Mountaineers will return home with the Advocare Invitational Trophy, and will play the New Jersey Institute of Technology Highlanders (yes, that’s a real team) on Thursday. That game will tip off at 7:00 PM.