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MESS VIRGINIA: Sloppy play dooms West Virginia, Mountaineers fall to Western Kentucky in Myrtle Beach semifinal


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Hoo boy.

If you missed that game, for whatever reason, consider yourself blessed.

The West Virginia Mountaineers are now 1-2 on the 2018-19 basketball season after falling to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (3-1), 63-57, in a Myrtle Beach Invitational semifinal game.

I’d be lying if I told you I had a lot of hope about where this team is headed right now, which is a stark contrast to my reaction following the loss to the Buffalo Bulls last Friday night. I thought there were glimpses of promise in that game, but tonight’s performance has me second guessing everything I originally thought.

Folks, this team is not good right now. Will they turn it around as the non-conference schedule rolls on? Possibly. If anyone can do it, it’s Bob Huggins, but things are pretty bleak.

So, let’s talk stats:

  • West Virginia turned the ball over 22 times, marking the most turnovers in a game by the Mountaineers since giving up 23 in a 75-79 loss against Kansas State on January 21, 2017.
  • The Mountaineers shot 33% for the game, but only 24% in the second half
  • Sagaba Konate finished 1-of-6 (0-3 3PT) for 5 points, but pulled down 6 rebounds and blocked 3 shots.

Not great.

It’s going to be an extremely uphill battle for the Mountaineers to turn this around. They’ll be able to start that climb on Sunday at 4:00PM against Saint Josephs Hawks in the third-place game. That game will, once again, be broadcast on ESPNU, presumably with Rich Hollenberg and Debbie Antonelli on the call again. Enjoy.