Well Hoyanation and friends, I can say thinking from a fan's standpoint about my team, the Hoyas, I think they are well rested, raring and ready to go. After playing so many games in so few days, and most of the Hoyas starters playing logging many minutes they should be off to a fresh start now in conference play. I think it's time to start playing mostly all of our players now. We've played them in the "toughest" nonconference schedule and a couple of the "hostile" environments on the road in the land. So there's really no reason not to play them now. These group of sophomores and different, they can flat out play and contribute in one way or another. As long as our Coach Thompson III shows confidence in our Hoyas, they will have the confidence to run away with it. It's almost as if it's how we raise our children, you teach and show them and watch how they run with it, it's amazing, so amazing so amazing.
To me, one of the fun parts of watching my Hoyas play is watching them "GET UP" after a loss, this in turn teaches them and winning and losing on and off of the court.
GET UP HOYAS!
The Hoyas (12-3 1-2), 6-0 on the homefront look to keep the streak going to 7 against the West Virginia Mountaineers (9-4 1-2). After coming off of close, tough loss against the St. John's Red Storm, the Hoyas are looking for their second win in Big East play. Austin Freeman (18.3 pts.) lead the Hoyas in scoring and power forward Julian Vaughn (6.8) is the leader in rebounding for the Hoyas. Chris Wright (6.2) is the leader in assists. Vee Sanford is leading the Hoyas in three point shooting at (66.7%).
Casey Mitchell (16.8) lead West Virginia (9-4 1-2) in scoring and John Flowers (6.4) lead the team in rebounding. The Mountaineers last win was an intense road game win against the DePaul Blue Demons 67-65. A team which has lost 16 consecutive Big East regular-season contests. The Mountaineers, a Final Four team last season, have struggled with all phases of the game and this was no different, but they held on to win 67-65. “We survived,” said coach Bob Huggins, who watched DePaul’s Brandon Young have an open 3 with a chance to take the lead in the closing seconds only to have it hit the rim.
Huggins is upset with the way his team is passing the ball and knows that can be a problem against Georgetown in the next game. “We can be 5 on 0 and we’ll throw the ball away,” he said after his team committed 16 turnovers against DePaul. “To tell you the truth, I was terribly concerned with our passing coming into this game. We just don’t pass the ball very well.” Well, I hope this continues for the Mountaineers, LOL!
One other thing I forgot to mention was last season's Big East Tournament Championship game against the Mountaineers, oh I remember, oh boy do I remember! I cried right there after that game in the World's Greatest Arena, Madison Square Garden after that championship loss. I really felt bad for my team and Hoyanation. The MSG had to the nerve to "loudly" play John Denver's song "Country Roads" which made all the matters worse!
LET'S GO HOYAS!
BEAT THE MOUNTAINEERS!