West Virginia's Final Sweet 16 Possession Might Be The Worst In History
Mar 24 2017 by Dustin Murphy
No. 1 seed Gonzaga (34-1) vs.
WVU (28-9) is now 1-3 in the Sweet Sixteen under coach Bob Huggins, who was 3-1 at Cincinnati.
Fourteen years later, and Gonzaga still is trying to earn respect. Ennis got fouled and went to the line for a one-and-one.
West Virginia's style draws your eye in a way that Gonzaga's doesn't.
But critics still bash Gonzaga.
Speaking of Gonzaga, the No. 1 Bulldogs of Spokane, Wash. have to face a hot No. 4 West Virginia team. And, they are here and are now the lowest seeded team in the Sweet 16. One team will advance to the Elite Eight, while the other will go home. But nothing more than that.
"It's not something you come across", Mathews said. "We executed it perfectly", Bell said. Someone is always going to have something negative to say about you. We'll find out soon enough. Gonzaga received a first half scare against the No. 16 seed South Dakota Jack Rabbits, who they only led by four at halftime.
"Losing Ed was tough because he was a key part to our team", said guard Trevon Bluiett, who scored 25 points and had an assist on the winning basket when Xavier beat Arizona 73-71 Thursday.
And the victor of that, well, will earn a trip to the Final Four. Mark Few's team went 9-0 on the road and 10-0 on neutral courts this season. Arizona coach Sean Miller arrived in Tucson after five seasons at, yes, Xavier. "He's playing his best basketball, and it's coming at the righttime".
As I was talking up Arizona's offense, there is one glaring flaw: they do not have a true starting point guard. "And I have total respect, program-to-program-and staff-to-staff". Vanderbilt called its last timeout with over seven minutes remaining in its first-round matchup against Northwestern, and committed a ludicrously dumb foul while leading by one and then hoisted a 30-footer on its final possession when it trailed by the same margin. "I knew they had a lot of guys at the top". "We had never come across that throughout the season". "They're in the practice facility 12 months out of the year".
In 2013, star Kelly Olynyk helped lead the Zags to a No. 1 seed. Arizona, meanwhile, advanced to the Sweet 16.
The Mountaineers had an opportunity to tie the game but missed two opportunities and didn't get a final shot off against the Bulldogs defense.
Przemek Karnowski might as well have been on an island. Nigel Williams-Goss finished with just 10 points off of 2-of-10 shooting and five turnovers, good for an his lowest offensive rating of the season at 64.
"We keep that chip on our shoulder", Carter said. "We would just be like, man, we just want to win. And then we just didn't - we didn't make shots that we normally make". Because, you know, they are Press Virginia and all that.
It's time to buy in on the Bulldogs. Why do you think Kansas has looked like the most impressive team in the tournament so far?
But sometimes, just as soon as they get rolling, everything stops.
Few said making the Elite Eight "means everything".