What's Up West Virginia: Wildcats Visit Mountaineers in Big East Top 5 Square-Off

What's Up West Virginia: Wildcats Visit Mountaineers in Big East Top 5 Square-Off
February 8, 2010, 1:00 pm
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Villanova had secured the top spot in the Big East conference, and looked like a possible threat for the eventual overall highest ranking in the AP poll, before getting trounced last Saturday in a snowy trip to Georgetown. Sixteen first-half turnovers doomed the Wildcats as Georgetown scored fifty points before the break, and a stunning 103 for the game. 24 points each for Corey Fisher and Scottie Reynolds weren't enough, as even with a 59-point second half, Nova still lost by 13.

"That was not one of our better performances, but you've got to give Georgetown most of the credit," said Coach Wright after the game. "I think just getting down like that early here and playing that team from behind is really difficult to do." Despite the bad loss to a longtime division rival, Reynolds remained resolute in his confidence in the team. "Nothing changes," said Reynolds. "We'll do what we have to do to be the best team at the end of the season."

Before that, though, Villanova would be wise to be the better team tonight in their game against old foes West Virginia. With their 9-1 conference record, Nova still leads 8-2 WVU in the Big East rankings (though both now trail 10-1 Syracuse), and has the slight edge in the overall rankings, coming at #4 to their #5 in the latest polls. But the Mountaineers are certainly hot right now, with sharp-shooting and versatile forward Da'Sean Butler and NBA-projected big man Devin Ebanks leading them to a six-game winning streak that includes over ranked opponents Ohio State and Pittsburgh.

7:00 tip from the WVU Coliseum. Hey, we all need to take a snow day every now and then--even on Saturday. Time to go back to school.

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