Thursday, December 29, 2011

WVU-Villanova Final Thoughts

A strong finish helped WVU pick up their first Big East win of the year.  The Mountaineers were paced by their upperclassman, once again, but the youngsters came on at the end to help WVU close it out.  The Mountaineers now have 10 wins on the season, essentially halfway to making postseason play.

Player of the Game:  Truck Bryant.  The most polarizing player on the team had a career day, finishing with 34 points, including many big buckets down the stretch.  Truck also played very good defense late, disrupting many plays.  Overall, a solid start to Big East play for Truck.

Play of the Game:  Kevin Jones Returning.  The team looked completely lost when KJ had to get stitches early in the second half.  Villanova took complete control of the game when KJ was out, and could have really built a lead.  Fortunately, the medical staff got KJ back to the floor as soon as possible.

Other Thoughts:

I loved the three guard set late.  The freshmen PG's matched up well together, and really opened things up for the Mountaineers.  The rebounding was a bit week, but overall it was a big hit.

Dominic Rutledge continues to improve.  Yes, he didn't play a whole lot last night, but the kid is starting to get it, and has shown flashes of what kind of offensive game he can bring.  

Kevin Noreen is like watching Cam Thoroughman on PCP...and I'm not sure that's a bad thing.

Seton Hall will be a true test tomorrow night.  They got embarrassed last night, and will be looking to avoid an 0-2 start in conference by any means necessary.  The first five mins is going to be a major factor for the Mountaineers.

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