It may not seem like the West Virginia Mountaineers are favorites to make the Final Four, or to win the Big East Tournament, which begins tomorrow. But the Trib sees parallels between this year’s squad and last year’s Final Four team:
“Instead of playing five games, we only have to play four,” point guard Truck Bryant said. “Considering we were in 11th place in the Big East last week … that’s huge in this tough conference” …
… West Virginia finished with a seventh straight 20-win season despite playing what coach Bob Huggins called the toughest schedule in program history.
“It’s not even close,” he said.
West Virginia is peaking at the right time — again. The players credit that to [Coach Bob] Huggins’ ability to prepare them for the games that truly count.
WVU ended its regular season on a high note, pulling off wins against Notre Dame and Connecticut and a very unlikely comeback win against Louisville in its last five games. The Mountaineers will await the winner of the Marquette/Providence matchup tomorrow to determine who their first foe in the Big East Tournament will be. If they win that game, they’ll have another tough matchup against Louisville.