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To start off, sorry about the late post – the combination of being out of town and the post-loss hangover (from both grief and MD 20/20 Blue Raspberry Bling Bling) led to the delay.
Anyway, this ugly loss certainly wasn’t the way we wanted to end the season.
But if you had told me at the beginning of the year that the Huskies would be leading their Sweet 16 game at the half, I would have taken it in a heart beat. If you had then told me that UW would shoot like 8 for 96 in the 2nd half, I would have been a little bummed, but still would’ve taken it.
That doesn’t lessen the fact that this might have been the ugliest game all year. The combination of West Virginia’s size/length on defense, the refs’ insistence that any contact initiated by an offensive Husky player was a foul, and the fact that the bounces simply weren’t going UW’s way (5 shots from two feet on one possession without scoring? Are you fucking kidding me?) added up to WVU dominating a hard-to-watch 2nd half.
What was hard-to-listen to for the entire game was Alzeimer’s-riddled, CBS play-by-play man, Dick Enberg. Jesus Christ, it was like listening to Abe Simpson call a game on Ambien.
If you look closely, you can see that Enberg’s forehead wrinkles actually spell out the word “RETIRE”.
I hate using officiating as an excuse, and UW’s poor shooting and out-of-control offense (I love ya, Venoy, but this running the ball to the baseline, whipping around and firing a pass to anything that resembles purple ends here) were huge reasons that they lost this game, but holy fucksticks, what was with those offensive foul calls? QPon racked up two in the first half, which took him entirely out of the game. The fact that he had 0 points and 3 fouls at halftime and the Huskies were winning was unbelievable (and bodes well for next year).
As does the fact the Justin Holiday was the best Husky on the floor against the Mountaineers: 14 points, 8 boards, 5 steals, 2 blocks, and no turnovers. J-Ho stuffed the stat sheet like Peter North stuffs…nevermind. He also shot 2/3 from three point range and is showing that he can consistently knock down the deep ball.
Holiday’s salutes were also the most fluid and fundamentally-sound on the team.
The only thing that matched Holiday’s defensive intensity in this game was WVU coach Bob Huggins’ general toolbaginess. Mike Freeman at CBSsports.com described this exchange between Huggins and Mountaineer forward Wellington Smith:
“With the governor of West Virginia just a few feet away, Huggins went into a profanity laced fit. A short time later after, when forward Wellington Smith was beaten by a shorter player, Huggins screamed at him: “A [expletive] midget is whipping your ass.” The “midget” in question was 5-foot-8 Isaiah Thomas who held his own against 6-7 Smith.”
What I was glad to hear however, was that Nate Robinson, clad in a Huskies shirt and Mariners cap, was the loudest fan in the Carrier Dome and swore at the refs at least twenty times.
Remember a few years ago when Todd Macullough was the only Husky in the NBA?
Ending the season with this brutal loss is tough to accept, but the fact that UW had a halftime lead against the #6 team in the nation with their best player held scoreless has the future looking very bright. If MBA can continue to improve and Gaddy has a breakout year, the ’10-’11 team could finally crack that Sweet 16 barrier. Oh, and adding Terrence Jones wouldn’t hurt either.
Plus we can look forward to a long football season full of these:
West Virginia was very close to getting a #1 seed in the tournament with their 29-6 record and the third highest strength of schedule rating in the country. There is no doubt that this is a very talented team even without their starting point guard, Darryl “Truck” Bryant, who broke his foot in Tuesday’s practice. *Insert a shitty joke about wheels here*
But with all that said, their mascot looks like he shotgun’ed his parents for eating the last of the Funyuns:
The Mountaineers are a forward-dominated squad led by Da’Sean Butler who averages 17.5 points per game along with 6.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists and is majoring in Conjunctions.
Now here is the part of the post where I could talk about how the West Virginia fan base is a bunch of assbackwards, hillbilly, Appalachian rednecks, but TheDawgDude is far too classy for that. Instead, let me tell you about my good friend, Herbert, who actually attended West Virginia University and is a world-renowned endocrinologist:
Did I say endocrinologist? Shit, I meant crazy-eyed, weasel-trapping freakshow. Seriously, WVU fans are like a Jeff Foxworthy wet dream: You might be a Mountaineers fan if your mom fucked Bill Engvall and you have a baby arm growing out of your head.
You know your school has a problem when this is an understated gift for a fan:
And this is a normal gift:
New Mountaineer fans are popping out everyday:
Luckily, not 100% of them will come out looking like Patton Oswalt’s brother with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. A handful of them come out like this:
Kanter also played a handful of games for a professional team overseas which has him in an awkward position with the NCAA and he could miss half the ’10-’11 season (or never even play).
John Calipari has his own NCAA issues as well: to gain entry into Memphis while Calipari was coach, an “unknown individual” took the SAT for star point guard Derrick Rose, though I’m sure Calipari knew nothing of this… Just like it was a coincidence when he hired McDonalds’ All-American game MVP and Memphis recruit Tyreke Evans’ personal strength coach as his administrative assistant. Or in 2001 when he hired that father of Dajuan Wagner, prized recruit and Naismith Prep Player of the Year, to be his Coordinator of Basketball Operations.