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

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.

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.