Based in Morgantown, W.V., West Virginia University is a public research institution with nearly 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
Their mascot is the “Mountaineer,” and the basketball program is a member of the 16-team Big East Conference, where they have been employed since 1996. Prior to their good standing with the Big East, the Mountaineers called the following conferences home: the Atlantic-10 (1983-1995), the Eastern 8 (1978-1982), the Eastern Continental Basketball League (1977), the Southern (1951-1968), and the Eastern Intercollegiate Conference (1933-1939). From 1904-1932, 1940-1950, and 1969-1976, West Virginia was not affiliated with any one conference.
West Virginia has an illustrious history in NCAA Tournament play. Dating back to 1955, the Mountaineers have made the NCAA Tournament 23 times. Their best finish came in 1959, when a team led by future NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West made the NCAA Championship game and lost to the University of California. No other West Virginia team has ever made the Final Four, and only one squad — the 2005 edition, led by head coach John Beilein — has advanced beyond the Sweet 16.
West Virginia starting point guard Darryl Bryant broke his foot in the Mountaineers’ practice this afternoon. He will miss Thursday’s NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game against Washington, and is out for the remainder of the season.
Bryant, a 6’2″ sophomore, averaged 9.3 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.2 rebounds per game this season for West Virginia.
Replacing him in the starting lineup will most likely be junior guard Joe Mazzulla. The 6’2″ Mazzulla has averaged 2.2 points, 2.3 assists, and 1.8 rebounds per game this year.
We’ll get you more information on the Huskies’ Sweet 16 opponent later in the week.
For now, all you really need to know about West Virginia can be found in these videos featuring Da’Sean Butler, Joe Mazzulla, and Jonnie West (son of NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West) getting crunk in their hotel room.
Butler is the team’s unquestioned leader, a 6’7″ senior forward who averages 17.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game.
Mazzulla and West are lightly-used junior reserves, who average a combined 4.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game.
Like I said, we’ll have more info later in the week. But do yourself a favor and check out these videos in the meantime.
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