Devin Williams says West Virginia (17-14) is "trying to keep hope alive" for an NCAA bid, which could require the Mountaineers to win the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City.
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Devin Williams says West Virginia (17-14) is "trying to keep hope alive" for an NCAA bid, which could require the Mountaineers to win the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City.

IRVING, Texas — By virtue of upsetting Kansas in the regular-season finale, West Virginia claimed the sixth seed in the Big 12 tournament and received a first-round bye.

The Mountaineers (17-14), who play Thursday night in the late quarterfinal against Texas (22-9), likely need to win the tournament to garner an NCAA bid, though winning two games and reaching the championship round could put West Virginia back on the at-large bubble.

“We’re just trying to keep hope alive and keep the faith alive,” said freshman forward Devin Williams after Saturday’s 92-86 upset of the Jayhawks. “We’re farther than we were last year, and that’s a plus, but still we’re not ready for it to end.”

Even a rousing victory over RPI No. 2 Kansas only improved West Virginia’s RPI a couple notches to 80.

Behind 22 points and 13 rebounds against Kansas, Williams produced his third consecutive double-double and said the goal is clear heading to Kansas City.

“Win it all,” he said. “That’s the only mindset we can have, getting that ‘ship.”

First round—Wednesday 
7 p.m. No. 8 Oklahoma State vs. No. 9 Texas Tech
9:30 p.m.No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 10 TCU

Quarterfinals—Thursday    
12:30 p.m. No. 4 Iowa State vs. No. 5 Kansas State
3 p.m. No. 1 Kansas vs. Oklahoma State-Texas Tech winner
7 p.m. No. 2 Oklahoma vs. Baylor-TCU winner
8:30 p.m. No. 3 Texas vs. No. 6 West Virginia

Semifinals—Friday  
7 p.m. Thursday afternoon winners
9:30 p.m. Thursday night winners

Championship—Saturday                                                                                                                                         
9 p.m. Semifinal Winners

 

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Comments

  • Alex

    WVU men play Texas, WVU ladies play Texas. Texas is the heart of the Big 12 just hope we don't get the short end the stick, when it comes to the officiating.

  • Mountain Navy

    Game time 5:30 on Fox Sports 1. Should be a win for the ladies.

    • Mountain Navy

      Oops wrong thread sorry. Guys will lose first round.

  • mad hatter

    our RPI only went down to 81, not knowing exactly how that's computed, but i thought it would have gone lower , since we beat the no.8 team. We'll have to win somemore games to even get a look by the ncaa, but even though league champions are automatic invites in the nit, i think we should have a good chance at that.

  • mad hatter

    Williams showed us what his true potential is.
    We have a lot to look forward to as next yr. will have staten back , along with everyone else.. Now there is a chance staten goes pro, i think a slim one but never the less, a chance.
    If your prone to forcast the future, and with your're right to do so, i say we look pretty good for next yr.. I get confused on your and you're and there use... LOL,, get it , get it...LOL

  • Aaron

    They would have been better served as the 7 seed, drawing TCU and then Oklahoma but that wasn't happening. Had they lost to Kansas, OK State by virtue of 2 regular season wins would have had the tie breaker and the 7 seed, placing WV in the 8 spot against a tougher Texas Tech squad and in line to play Kansas the next day.

    Hey, at least WV fans will get to watch this Texas game.

    • Mountain Navy

      Ya that doesn't make any kind of sense. Bottom line the ladies are going to the big dance.

      • Aaron

        It's all about practice. The last practice a team can have is the last one before the loss. In the NCAA's West Virginia would likely be a 10 seed or lower potentially play the top 15 team in the first round. I would rather play in the NIT for 3 weekends than in the NCAA for 1.

    • Tim C

      How is playing an extra game beneficial? The first round bye is important. We have to play 3 games in 4 days anyway. Who wants to play 4 in 4 days? I know we haven't faired well against Texas but we are due.

      • The bookman

        It would give them a chance at another W because there is no way this inconsistent young team wins the tournament. They are better to go to the NIT and have some success than getting bounced in the first round by Texas and not getting a good draw in the NIT. The NCAA tourney is a goal for next year at this point.

  • Matt

    He bleed through two jerseys.

  • Baldeagle

    Can anyone tell me what the deal was with Kevin's jersey?

    • jowettusmc

      Kevin was bleeding from a cut on his back and when they changed his jersey it bleed thru the other jersey.