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13 February 2009


Red-hot 'Nova an underdog at WVU

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
2/13/2009 12:19:00 PM

#13 Villanova (20-4) at West Virginia (16-8)
9:00 p.m., 13 February 2009 at the WVU Coliseum

TV: ESPN

Line: WVU -4.5

Villanova, a winner of six in a row, travels to Morgantown, W.V. tonight to face a desperate Mountaineers team. Despite the Wildcats' recent success, especially on the offensive end, West Virginia is favored by a field goal. [Update: now 4.5]

This is an important game for Villanova, who could move into a virtual tie for a double-bye in the Big East tournament, and solidify its place in the national top ten. Villanova also lacks a real, quality road win, which will be an important factor in NCAA seeding.

The game is even more crucial for a West Virginia team that finds itself on the brink of missing the NCAA tournament. Despite being ranked #7 in the nation by KenPom, the Mountaineers have lost four of their last six games to fall below .500 in conference play.

All four of those losses, however, were to ranked teams, and West Virginia remains a dangerous opponent. KenPom predicts a 5-point Mountaineer victory, with only a 30 percent chance for a Villanova win.

The ever-expanding Villanova Blagosphere is amped up for this game. IBBW has a preview, as does VBTN. VUhoops' article has been up for literally days in anticipation. Nova News also gives his thoughts on the game. The returning Villanova Viewpoint blogger has yet to check in, but check back.

Take you shot at predicting the game's final score in the comment thread below. The closest guess wins a mention in the next post. If you'd like to win something a bit more substantial, like a Villanova folder from last year's tournament run, enter Let's Go Nova's tournament contest.

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37 Comments:

At 12:44 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Villanova 77
WVU 69

 
At 2:51 PM, February 13, 2009, Anonymous friend said...

big game,i know we can do it!
nova 85
wvu 76

 
At 3:00 PM, February 13, 2009, OpenID bosshoghazzard said...

Nova 67
WVU 50

 
At 3:01 PM, February 13, 2009, Anonymous Jair Veldhuis said...

Nova 82
WVU 81

 
At 3:25 PM, February 13, 2009, Anonymous nav said...

nova 85
wvu 80

 
At 3:53 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Villanova Viewpoint Publisher said...

Hello, Pete-

Thanks for including me in the roundup of other previews - my preview is up now...

Your preview is good, particularly your note that the Mountaineers are in serious trouble in terms of making the NCAA tournament. Having a sub-.500 record in your conference is always a big minus in the eyes of the Selection Committee, and it's even more so now that the conference has 16 teams. So they need this one badly, especially given their strong home-court advantage...

Finally - on the score-

Given the offensive explosions of the last three contests, I'll go on the high end and say-

Villanova 88

West Virginia 78


Go Wildcats!

 
At 4:51 PM, February 13, 2009, Anonymous I hooked up with Burk's sister said...

Villanova 83
WVU 71

 
At 7:09 PM, February 13, 2009, Anonymous geesus said...

nova 71
wvu 59

 
At 7:26 PM, February 13, 2009, Anonymous Jay's "Blind" Follower said...

Nova 97
WVU 64

Maybe I'm being a tad optimistic...

 
At 8:51 PM, February 13, 2009, Anonymous smurf said...

pete - is that you and the mrs.?

 
At 9:04 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

Happiest day of my life

 
At 9:04 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

Dwayne starting!

 
At 9:06 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

I'm sorry -- but what does Fisher have to do to crack the starting lineup? Score 100, Wilt-style? Dunk from the foul line? What, Jay--- What?

 
At 9:07 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

Dwayne looks a step slow... and Shane missed a layup -- guess he couldn't be perfect forever.

 
At 9:09 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

Fish in at 17 mins

 
At 9:11 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

slopppy game... 4 total pts at the media timeout?! anyone have any thoughts?

 
At 9:14 PM, February 13, 2009, Anonymous Gregg said...

Nova needs some time to settle down and they will be fine.

 
At 9:16 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

Clark just fell down, allowing a 5-on-4 three pointer... .Looks like it's midnight for Cinderella

 
At 9:32 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

Need to get it together here... wheels coming off on the road. Can Jay get his guys to execute in a tough environment?

 
At 9:39 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

Team needs to work on free throws. This is the opposite of clutch

 
At 9:39 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

Butler 17
Nova 17

 
At 9:41 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

Clark doesn't play a LICK of defense. It's beyond bad... it's lazy.

 
At 9:43 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

This looks like a layup drill out there for WVU... where is the D? Reynolds only thing keeping this remotely interesting.

 
At 9:45 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

January 19, 2008 -- the last time this team had a decent road win.

 
At 9:48 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

Oh my god shane clark that was the most obvious double dribble I have ever seen

 
At 9:52 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

This is humiliating

 
At 9:53 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

No defense, no hustle out there... team is not playing with any kind of pride.

 
At 9:54 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

Good, let's give them three free throws. Another masterpiece of coaching by Jay to not call a timeout when they dunk it in to go up by 18.

 
At 10:13 PM, February 13, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey World Cup bobsleding is on!

 
At 10:21 PM, February 13, 2009, Anonymous Gregg said...

Showing some life...dont count them out.

 
At 10:24 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

redding stinks tonight... should have hit fisher for the wide open 3 -- instead lowers the shoulder and gets a charge

 
At 10:27 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

Stokes's foot was on the line, wasn't it?

 
At 10:39 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

game over

 
At 10:40 PM, February 13, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is an embarassment

 
At 10:47 PM, February 13, 2009, Blogger Pete said...

Jay needed to call a timeout after that made basket cut it to 13

 
At 11:54 PM, February 13, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

jesus fucking christ that was the worst game I've seen in years- right back down to earth- hopefully the boys will learn something from this, but fuck was very hard to watch

johnnyb1

 
At 10:37 AM, February 14, 2009, Anonymous mr. smith said...

i think pete's positive post about jay wright talking to WFAN jinxed us

 

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