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March Madness 2010: Final Four – West Virginia vs. Duke

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West Virginia Mountaineers


Duke Blue Devils

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The West Virginia Mountaineers hadn’t faced a team with a seed rank better than #10 before they met the Kentucky Wildcats in the Sweet 16. Many thought preparing for the Wildcats with #15 Morgan State, #10 Missouri and #11 Washington would lead the the Mountaineers demise and many people were proved wrong when West Virginia knocked off Kentucky 73-66 last Saturday. It certainly didn’t hurt that Kentucky missed their first twenty three-point attempts (they finished 4-of-32), while West Virginia was the complete opposite cashing in on eight treys in the first half (surprisingly they did not record a two-point basket in the first half and still won the game). A huge reason Kentucky struggled so much was because of the defence the Mountaineers play because they play stellar ball on both offensive and defensive side of the court. With the recent injury to Bryant (see below), its hard to say how the absence of Bryant will effect their defence. The Mountaineers do a fabulous job of spreading the ball around and finding the open man for the best-chance shot and the team is lead by a trio of forwards who all average double digits in points while combining for an impressive 21.7 rebounds a game. Da’Sean Butler leads the way with 17.4 points but he knows night-in-night-out he can reply on Kevin Jones and Devin Ebanks to help carry the load. Point-guard Darryl Bryant puts up just under ten points a game and enjoys being able to dish the ball off to his three big-men down in the paint or even for an out-side jumper. The problem is, “Truck” Bryant broke his foot earlier on last week and is being fitted for a shoe that relieves pressure. Bryant is expected not to play but Butler was optimistic when asked and said he hopes ‘truck’ will be able to suit up.  When it comes to size, having the three forwards at 6’7″, 6’8″ and 6’9″, West Virginia has decent size but the fact they can shoot the three ball as good as any team in the country makes them scary. Since a handful of losses early in the 2009-10′ season against Notre Dame, Syracuse, Villanova, Pittsburgh and UConn, the Mountaineers have picked it up and knocked off wins in their last 10 games which included a Big East championship (their first ever).

The Duke Blue Devils, as I stated at the start of the tournament are always a team that can contend year after year to win the national championship. With that being said, the past five years, the Blue Devils haven’t been able to get past the sweet sixteen round but the fact they got rid of what was haunting them most and were able to move onto the Elite Eight this year… watch out. Getting past Purdue to face Baylor in the elite eight was something that the entire Blue Devil nation knew they University needed. Duke is known for their basketball and when you hear the word ‘Duke’, the only thing that comes to mind is basketball… that or Nukem’… remember that game? Duke Nukem? ahh good times. Anyways, Duke started off the tourney strong with 1st and 2nd round wins over Arkansas Pine Bluff and California, followed by wins against Purdue and Baylor. With West Virginia now on the slate, Duke plans continue what they’ve done all season and depend on the stellar play of the three S’s, Joe Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith. Against Baylor, Kyle Singler was held scoreless in the first half while Jon Scheyer only had only 6 points. The Blue Devils bench stepped up and put in 37.5% of Duke’s points in the first 20 minutes and if the 6th, 7th and 8th men on the team can put up points to allow the stars not only a much needed rest but also be a dependable back-up when anyone gets into foul trouble, it is massive. All season long Duke has watched Scheyer, Smith and Singler combine for fifty-three points a game, almost thirteen rebounds and ten assists and if the Mountaineers have to worry about guys coming off the bench as well as the three S’s… the game may not last very long but don’t and I repeat DON’T write off WVU that easy.

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  1. [...] March Madness 2010: Final Four Duke vs. West Virginia Preview and Predictions [...]

  2. kathy reid says:

    It will be close but WVU will win because they are playing for their STATE! WVU has the best coach, the best team players and the best fans!! Country roads take us home!

  3. Paul Phillips says:

    Up against Duke and Coach K in his 11th Final Four appearance. Eleven Final Four appearances in 30 seasons as coach at Duke. Doesn’t seem right, does it? Ever notice how Coach K teams seem to get way too many favorable calls by the refs. Coach Huggs needs to let the refs know up front he will be watching for those kinds of calls, but no technicals please. I remember a time a the Mountaineer basketball team went up against two college basketball icons back to back. It was the 1957 Kentucky Invitational Tourney and the Mountaineers were young. In the first game, they played Number 9 ranked Kentucky in Lexington and won 77-70. In the KIT championship game, they defeated Number 1 ranked North Carolina 75-64, ending a 36 game Tar Heel winning streak. That was Jerry West’s first varsity year. Ya, I’ve been around for a while. WVU just defeated that college icon Kentucky again in one of the most exciting games I have ever watched and now go do it to Duke this Saturday. This is your year!! You would not believe how many of your fans have been waiting a lifetime for this to happen. Love you Mountaineers!!!!!

  4. john Lander says:

    Nobody gives us any respect or chance. We got the best coach in the country and a great bunch of players. I’ve been a Mountaineer fan since I was a little kid and I’m 71 now. I always hoped I would see them win a Championship in either football or basketball. Win or Lose, I’ll be a Mountaineer till I die. I just hope they play well and things will take care of themselves. So lace them up and give them hell, GO MOUNTAINEERS! BLUE & GOLD ALL THE WAY………………..

  5. Justin says:

    Duke’s defense is going to be too much for the Mountainers so Mountainers can suck it, hahaha.
    Go Duke@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@!!@!@!@!@!@!@!@!@

  6. Jay says:

    Defense does win championships justin However you havent been watching very well The Mounties Defense will be too much for the Blue Devils!!

    LETS GOooooooo Mountianeers

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