Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Former Mountaineers Still Playing Ball Update

Here we go, folks.  This is the most up-to-dated list I could compile.  Please email me about anyone else that I could add.  I will try to update this weekly.

Joe Alexander, BC Krasnye Krylia (Russia):  Averaging 8.4 points and 4.0 rebounds a game through nine games.

Chaz Briggs, F, Barreteros de Zacatecas (Mexico):  Averaging 8.1 points and 7.2 rebounds a game.

Da'Sean Butler, F, Austin?:  Bob Huggins said on Sportsline that Butler is back in the D-League, but the roster doesn't have him on there...yet.

Devin Ebanks, F, Lakers:  Became the first former Mountaineer to start an NBA since 1983.  Is averaging 7.5 points and 3.0 rebounds through two games.

D'or Fischer, C, Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao (Spain):  Dropping 8.2 points and 6.0 rebounds a game so far this year.

John Flowers, F, Saitama (Japan):  Averaging 19.9 points and 7.3 rebounds a game through 14 games.

Marcus Goree, F, PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece):  Scored 17 points and grabbed 6 boards in his first Euroleague game of the year.  Averaging 13.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in league play.

Joe Herber, G, Fraport Skyliners Frankfort (Germany):  Avergaing 4.9 points and 1.8 assists per contest.

Casey Mitchell, G, Sioux Falls:  After being cut, Mitchell is back in the D-League averaging 19.2 points a game for the Skyforce.

Chris Moss, Toshiba (Japan):  Leading his team in scoring with 11.5 pointsand 8.0 rebounds a game.  

Alex Ruoff, G, Okapi Aalstar (Belgium):  Just injured his knee, and is planning to rehab in Morgantown.

Tyrone Sally, F, Rotterdam (Netherlands):  Leading his team in scoring with 17.9 points a game.  Also leads in rebounding with 5.8.

Big East Preview: Belk Bowl

Louisville v NC State:  The Cardinals are looking to finish off what ended up being a successful season.  Sure, there is some disappointment in not reaching the BCS, but after starting 2-4 finishing the season in a solid bowl game is a good season.  Much can be said for NC State as well.  After a late season loss to lowly Boston College, the Wolfpack turned it around with wins over Clemson and Maryland.  The Pack should also have a solid crowd, considering the campus is just a few hours from Charlotte.  Both teams have offenses that have awoken lately.  Teddy Bridgewater has had a nice freshman campaign...one that shows his future is brighter than the North Star.  Look for Louisville to go right to the ground.  The Pack allowed nearly 200 yards on the ground the last game, so they may have to stack the box early.  If this happens, look for Bridgewater to then go to the air.  While the Cards' offense has done better lately, the defense has been one of the best all year.  Louisville will force tough 3rd downs and mistakes that could become the difference late in this game.  Expect a close one early, especially if Mike Glennon can play mistake-free.  But, the difference will be the Louisville defense late, which will create the opportunities the offense needs to close it out.

Prediction:  27-20 Louisville

Orange Bowl Updates

Every few days we will try to provide you with stories and tidbits surrounding the Orange Bowl that will tide you over till gameday in early January.

ESPN has a nice profile of Dana Holgorsen and other first-year head coaches in BCS games.

ESPN also has the Orange Bowl sight up and running for the game.  

MSNSportsnet breaks down the epic season that Stedman and Tavon had.

West Virginia is expected to take a hit on not selling their allotment of tix.

Clemson is in the same boat with WVU concerning tix.  

Taking a look at some of the bigger matchups for WVU.

For good Clemson coverage, check out this site.  

Former Mountaineers in the NFL, Week 16

Anthony Becht, TE, Chiefs: Registered one catch for six yards, and also had one tackle in a loss to the Raiders.

Brandon Hogan, CB, Panthers: Had one tackle in win over Tampa.

Mortty Ivy, LB, Steelers: Didn't register any stats in Steelers' win over the Rams.

PacMan Jones, CB, Bengals: Registered five tackles and had two passes defensed in win Cardinals.

Ellis Lankster, CB, Jets: Didn't register any stats in loss to the Giants.

Pat McAfee, P, Colts: Had five punts for an average of 41.8 yards a kick in win over Texans.

Corey McIntyre, FB, Bills: Started, and had one tackle Buffalo's win over the Broncos.

Ryan Mundy, FS, Steelers: Registered six tackles in the Steelers' win over the Rams.

Chris Neild, NT, Redskins: Didn't register any stats in loss to the Vikings.

Robert Sands, FS, Bengals: Was inactive this week.

Owen Schmitt, FB, Eagles: Didn't register any stats in win over the Cowboys.

Steve Slaton, RB, Dolphins: Was inactive this week for the Dolphins.


J.T. Thomas: Injured Reserve