Tag:Mountaineers
Posted on: March 13, 2009 9:36 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2009 12:10 am
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#7 West Virginia Mountaineers (BET)

#7 West Virginia Mountaineers 23-10 (10-8 BE)

 

West Virginia Starting Lineup:

G Darryl Bryant Fr.

G Alex Ruoff Sr.

F Da'Sean Butler Jr.

F Devin Ebanks Fr.

F Wellington Smith Jr.

 

Key Bench Players:

F Kevin Jones Fr.

F John Flowers Soph.

F Cam Thoroughman Soph.

 

Previous Game:  The 7 seeded West Virginia Mountaineers upset the 2 seed and 3rd ranked Pitt Panthers in the quarterfinals last night by a score of 74-60.  It was the first time WVU beat Pitt this season as they where previously 0-2.  Freshman Devin Ebanks was the hero of the game as he had 20 points 7 rebounds and played all 40 minutes.  Big East Co-Player of the year Dajaun Blair fouled out in just 18 minutes.

 

Game Preview:  After arguably the greatest game of all-time last night/this morning Syracuse has to get right back on the horse in the Big East Tournament Semi Finals.  Six overtimes must take a lot out of you as Jonny Flynn eluded to this morning saying, "I can't feel my legs", and because of that WVU has an excellent chance to take advantage of Syracuse.  West Virginia is going to try and run Syracuse into the ground, expect a lot of early substitutions for both teams as Cuse trys to get the freshest possible legs in the game and as WVU trys to just run, run run.  Keys to this game are the play of Arinze Onuaku, Kristof Ongenaut and Rick Jackson, the three bigs all played less than 40 minutes with Jackson and Ongenaut getting less than 30.  Those three need to be active tonight in the 2-3.  Kris Joseph will possibly make another appearance just because of fatigue.  You may see him late in the first half to get someone an early breather until halftime, he played 14 minutes last night (out of a possible 70) and played pretty well.  For WVU Devin Ebanks has been the man during this BET.  He has really come in and given West Virginia a legitimate third weapon outside of Ruoff and Butler.  Syracuse needs to keep him down and not let him get going because that will be trouble.  The big stat in this game will be rebounding, Syracuse may have won the 6OT thriller last night but they still got outrebounded by 13 (56-69).  A good rebounding team in WVU combined with a 2-3 zone defense that is very had too rebound out of along with a very fatigued team will be huge down the stretch.

 

My Prediction:  You can't give Syracuse enough credit for what they did in their quarterfinal game, that was simply amazing, but when you play like that, at such a high level for such a long time it takes a lot from you.  Cuse will fight, but WVU prevails 75-70.

 

Final Score: 74-69 Syracuse OT


 

 

 

Posted on: February 3, 2009 9:46 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2009 9:33 pm
 

West Virginia Mountaineers Game Preview

West Virginia Mountaineers 15-6 (4-4 BE)

 

West Virginia Starting Lineup:

G Darryl Bryant Fr.

G Alex Ruoff Sr.

F Da'Sean Butler Jr.

F Devin Ebanks Fr.

F Wellington Smith Jr.

 

Key Bench Players:

F Kevin Jones Fr.

F John Flowers Soph.

F Cam Thoroughman Soph.

 

Previous Game:   WVU fell to 4-4 in the league thanks to then undefeated Louisville.  Louisville started out strong going into halftime with a 20 point lead but in the 2nd half the Mountaineers led by Da'Sean Butler (23 points and 8 rebounds, 19 in the 2nd) made a comeback.  The 'Eers got it down to 4 but UofL pulled away thanks to some free throws at the end along with great nights from Jerry Smith (20) and Terrence Jennings (13), two unexpected hero's.

 

Game Preview:   Cuse has had 3 straight losses, they have had a week to rest and they are playing in the friendly confines of the Carrier Dome.  If Syracuse loses this game, they have some SERIOUS things to worry about.  Andy Rautins and Arinze Onuaku should be back and ready to play back to full power after the week rest which is key to Syracuse victory.  Syracuse has a serious advantage on the inside with Onuaku and Jackson against a smaller, less physically imposing WVU team.  WVU does have two good players in Alex Rouff and Devin Ebanks who combine to average 33.8 ppg, almost half of the team average of 72 ppg.  Expect Syracuse to come out in the zone defense, after last week and the 100 point output by Providence, Syracuse needs to be able to use the zone and be effective with it, they cannot just abandon the zone.  Watch out for Ruoff and Butler from beyond the arc, they are both good shooters.  If the zone continues to struggle the man would have advantages and disadvantages.  As we all know, Syracuse goes to man when they need a comeback, and most of the time it works, Jonny Flynn, and Paul Harris can defend anyone in the nation.  Syracuse should be concerened about Jackson and Onuaku going out 15-20 feet with Ebanks (6 foot 9 205) and Smith (6 foot 7 230) and Jones (6 foot 8 230), it will be good to see how they play against guys that go outside the paint, we should see another defensive performance like the one against Luke Harangody and Notre Dame.  On the offensive end Cuse needs to really execute getting the ball inside.  Whenever Cuse gets it inside good things happen, because it opens the entire offense up.  WVU is one of the best defensive teams in the BE, allowing teams to shoot just 27% from 3 on the season (2nd in the nation), so when that outside shot isn't going down, get it inside.  Also, a big key to a win is how Paul Harris plays, in Syracuse's last 3 games (losses) he has been virtually non existent, but with a week off he'd better be ready to play. 

 

My Prediction:  Syracuse should win this game, and they will win this game.  Jonny Flynn and Arinze Onuaku (when he gets the ball) have been there for Syracuse all season, they both should have great games and continue their All-Big East like seasons.  Paul Harris makes an appearance too, Syracuse wins 79-71.

 

Final Score: 74-61 Syracuse

 

 
 
 
 
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