West Virginia Basketball: Mountaineers face Marshall in second-round action

West Virginia Basketball: Mountaineers face Marshall in second-round action

TNS photos West Virginia's Jevon Carter, right, goes against Murray State's Anthony Smith for a shot in the second half during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Viejas Arena in San Diego on Friday.

"(Jevon) Carter is an exceptional player", D'Antoni said.

In a Hoosier State showdown, No. 2 seed Purdue (29-6) faces No. 10 Butler (21-13) in Detroit. Lamont West posted a double-double for the Mountaineers, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

"This is what we came to do", said Carter, a former IL high school star who scored 28 points and had five assists, four steals and only one turnover.

No. 1 Villanova has a Sweet 16 berth in sight. We weren't cutting hard enough.

"We were confident but know that we needed to stay focused and work as a team to get the win". That coincided with Press Virginia modifying its full-court defense into a three-quarters court version.

WVU President Gordon Gee won a bet with Marshall President Jerome Gilbert, who will donate $100 to Mon County Habitat for Humanity in Morgantown.

The governor says he'll flip a coin with athletic director Mike Hamrick of Marshall and Shane Lyons of WVU to determine which cheering section he'll sit with during the first and second half. "This is a clear demonstration of the significant role West Virginia University Alumni Association members and chapters play in the everyday successes of our University".

Second-seeded Duke will face a risky and veteran Rhode Island team, while Kentucky takes on 13th-seeded Buffalo - which blew out Arizona on Thursday.

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The Herd was leading 18-11 before a 23-2 run by West Virginia gave them a 14-point lead 34-20. A Mountaineers victory would set up the first game between teams from the state of West Virginia in NCAA tournament history.

But it wasn't just him.

The conference scoreboard for the 32 teams left in the NCAA Tournament is an interesting mix with 13 conferences remaining, with most of the one-bid leagues and the Pac-12 bounced in the first round.

West Virginia's defense showed it is equipped to stop just about anyone.

There wasn't much cheering from the Marshall fans as West Virginia led by as many as 31 in the second half. In two games against Jacksonville State and Austin Peay where the Racers faced 17 and 14-point deficits, respectively, the Racers have gone on to outscore their opponent in the second half. In fact, they will be awfully pumped up to play against the big state school and grab a chance to take on Villanova in the Sweet 16.

While D'Antoni would like to see the rivalry renewed, Huggins, a West Virginia alum, thinks too much is being made about it. "We're going to come to play and do our best and get a win".

"They're a solid defensive team, but I got a lot of wide-open looks". Nobody lost this game. West Virginia vs Marshall tv channel schedule is on TBS. "That's what life is about", he said. The guard who has been taking the nation by storm scored 21 points and played almost the whole game. In the half, Marshall shot a combined 8-for-26 from the field and 4-for-10 from three.

WVU has made 10 trips to the Sweet 16, including a year ago.

West Virginia pushed the pace with 9 points off of fast breaks versus an opposing 5 points off of fast breaks. "The Final Four is in San Antonio".