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Cameron Ridley and the long arms of Texas are giving West Virginia a beating in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The final game of the Big 12 quarterfinals wasn’t worth the wait.

The West Virginia Mountaineers—possessors of the No. 6 seed and aspirations of an extended weekend—had another chance at Texas, but the result was even worse than the first two times.

Here is a recap of the live-game updates from the Sprint Center, where West Virginia suffered a 66-49 loss and a second straight one-and-done at the conference tournament:

A few seconds before the horn, Gary Browne sinks the most meaningless 3-pointer in Big 12 tournament history and WVU’s stay in Kansas City is finished. Brandon Watkins scores 10 off the bench to give West Virginia SOMEBODY in double-figures. Terry Henderson adds eight as the Mountaineers (17-15) give back all the momentum derived from the Kansas upset. … Eron Harris and Juwan Staten—the backcourt tandem that averaging 36 points—combined for seven points on 2-of-16 shooting. West Virginia’s entire starting five produced just 20 points.
TEXAS 60, WEST VIRGINIA 36 (3:22 second half)
Rick Barnes lifted his final starter at around the five-minute mark, and the garbage-time parade continues. (Holmes departs with 20 and Felix 16 as they combined on 13-of-20 shooting.) Staten’s night appears finished after an ankle injury. The All-Big 12 player suffered through a brutal evening, as did his teammates, and you wonder what the mindset will be going into the NIT.
TEXAS 49, WEST VIRGINIA 22 (11:43 second half)
Nate Adrian hit a 3 from the right wing, and Bob Huggins’ perimeter-oriented team is now 1-of-11 from the perimeter. … Staten is playing at a million miles-per-hour in an attempt to jumpstart WVU, but he’s 1-of-11 himself and has just four points. … I’m reminded of a quote from Tuesday, when we asked Baylor’s Scott Drew if pre-qualified NCAA teams were at a disadvantage against hungrier teams in their league tournaments. Drew essentially said desperate teams can be too desperate, falling victim to their drive to make things happen. “Players wind up trying to do things they can’t do,” he said. “I’d prefer my team to be playing loose.”
TEXAS 35, WEST VIRGINIA 14 (halftime)
If West Virginia needs a pick-me-up, it should remember that it also trailed Texas by 21 during the second half in Morgantown on Jan. 13 and managed to make the game competitive late. … But enough with the history; let’s discuss the train wreck that’s occurring tonight. Eron Harris has missed all three shots and isn’t faring much better on defense. The Mountaineers are 0-of-8 from 3-point range and they’ve had four shots blocked.
TEXAS 35, WEST VIRGINIA 14 (halftime)
After a 6-for-33 shooting half, the Mountaineers have nowhere to go but up. Of course they’ll need to go waaaaay up to threaten Texas in the second half. The Longhorns have 11 points from Holmes, 10 from Felix and six from freshman Martez Walker, who converted a four-point play upon being bumped by Staten while nailing a shot right in front of the WVU bench. … Noreen’s five points are topping WVU, while Watkins has four, Staten three and Williams two. That’s the first time I can recall listing ALL of team’s scorers at halftime.
TEXAS 35, WEST VIRGINIA 14 (halftime)
Having some fun with fellow scribe Mitch Vingle, who just tweeted: “f nothing else this should assure that Juwan Staten returns next season.” To which I hastily replied: “I was thinking this might lead him to declare at halftime.” … Staten is 1-of-9 from the floor, but in his defense, he’s not hurting the team’s FG percentage that much.
TEXAS 31, WEST VIRGINIA 10 (3:13 first half)
Thanks to a Kevin Noreen putback, West Virginia has pulled even with Javan Felix at 10-all. I wouldn’t have guessed that the Mountaineers could shoot 5-of-29 blindfolded in a wind tunnel, but what do I know. I actually picked these guys to upset Texas tonight.
TEXAS 29, WEST VIRGINIA 8 (5:04 first half)
After Wednesday’s shootaround, WVU freshman Devin Williams surmised that “the jitters and the nervousness should be out.” Well, it may nto be completely the fault of jitters or nerves, but West Virginia is completely out of sorts and out of this game right now.
TEXAS 23, WEST VIRGINIA 8 (6:34 first half)
Texas is shooting 52 percent from the floor and the Mountaineers are juuusssssst a bit lower—at 16 percent. Juwan Staten has opened the game 1-of-7, with his only basket a breakaway layup.
TEXAS 19, WEST VIRGINIA 4 (11:52 first half)
Brandon Watkins has two baskets for West Virginia. What’s more, Brandon Watkins has THE two baskets for West Virginia, which is 2-for-16 through eight unbelievably bad minutes.
TEXAS 12, WEST VIRGINIA 0 (15:52 first half)
Jonathan Holmes’ gimpy right knee looks pretty solid so far, as the Texas forward has seven points in four minutes. West Virginia started 0-for-8 from the floor, while the Longhorns are 4-of-7 and squashing any notion that they aren’t as hungry to play as WVU.
Bob Huggins’ sideline stool, used by the coach throughout the regular-season, made the trip to Kansas City. However, the Big 12 forced West Virginia to sacrifice a bench seat in order to bring the stool, which Huggins has been using because an ailing hip makes it harder to get into and out of a regular chair.
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  • pghmountaineer

    If there are miracles in basketball, we sure need one now. It would certainly one for the ages if we win this game.
    What is disturbing though is we don't appear to have an answer to what Texas is doing.

    • William

      "If WE WIN THE GAME"
      Wake up because
      your in a dream!

  • bb

    Is this a Gale Catlett team from the 90's wow Huggins should give his bonus back. Does he work on anything during practice or just daydream about the good old days embarrassing embarrassing

    • Jeremy Bodkin

      bb, I have a few questions. I'll answer them for you too, because you don't have a clue about the teams from the 90's!.
      1. Do you know the records of the Gale Catlett teams from the 90's?
      2. From 1973 to 1999, do you know how many losing seasons he had? This would include his tenure at Cincinnati.
      3. What level did you of sports did you finish up playing? Or did you even play sports?

      I have plenty more questions, but I'm sure you can't answer the first two questions!

      As for all the non-believers and haters out there, get off of it. If, you're man/woman enough to comment on the articles, then be man/woman enough to use you REAL NAME! Not that anyone would recognize it, except for your mother. I would imagine that a majority of you don't have the first clue what it takes to even be a Team manager for a college team, for that matter you could be a ball boy/girl!! So don't think you know anything that these players are or aren't going through. Support these players, and the next time a coaching vacancy comes open, please apply for it!

      Jeremy Bodkin WVU Mens Basketball 1990-1993

      • Jeremy Bodkin

        Sorry, I forgot to answer the first to questions.
        A1. 1999 West Virginia 29 10 19 .345
        1998 West Virginia 33 24 9 .727
        1997 West Virginia 31 21 10 .677
        1996 West Virginia 27 12 15 .444
        1995 West Virginia 26 13 13 .500
        1994 West Virginia 29 17 12 .586
        1993 West Virginia 29 17 12 .586
        1992 West Virginia 32 20 12 .625
        1991 West Virginia 31 17 14 .548
        1990 West Virginia 28 16 12 .571
        Yes I know I copied and pasted, but get over it!

        A2. 2 Losing seasons, That would be 26 years and two losing seasons. Also, he only had 3 losing seasons in 30 years of coaching.

        While I'm at it, I'm tired of the "beat down" of Coach Bobby Huggins! If, you don't like his attire, appearance, whatever it is, then stop watching! He has forgot more ABOUT basketball than most people ever knew. You might want to get to know the man, before you criticize! He is one of the top coaches in COLLEGE BASKETBALL HISTORY!

        Now, I will sit back and read how bad my comments are and how bad my English skills are because most of you, don't have anything better to do!

        I wish I would have "coined" this, but, I didn't...ONCE A MOUNTAINEER ALWAYS A MOUNTAINEER!! Thanks Pat!

        • bb

          Gale Catlett (565-325) in 30 years of coaching he is part of the 500 club but he also left Cincinnati in 1978 for WVU with 2 years probation on 12 violations, after the 1981-82 season he and the university were censored by the NCAA and can anyone forget the 01-02 season with Jonathon Hargett when he resigned during the season and that mess. Where Dan Dakich resigned 8 days after taking the job saying "a culture of dishonesty, and that has been there for a while

        • GoEers

          Just remember Jeremy most of the posters on here are Marshall fans who have been jealous for many many years of the success that Gale Catlett, John Beilein, and Bob Huggins have had at WVU. They all realize that this is a young team with 2 big men waiting in the wings. All the jealous haters are taking their shots now while they can. Several of these guys posting on here said WVU would be luck to win more than 23 games this year. They no little to nothing about big time basketball based on the fact the team they are truly fans of has never in their history won an NCAA tournament game.

          Anyways I hope that you are doing well.

          Peace from a true Mountaineer Fan!

  • William



    • Beaver Sniffer

      Epicaricacist = one who takes pleasure in the misfortunes of others = William the Tucus

  • Big Larry

    All that is left now is a "moral victory"...

  • pghmountaineer

    Whew. Thank goodness it's halftime.

  • pghmountaineer

    It's too painful to watch. I really think it's time to take Staten out. He's not right. Something is wrong.

  • William

    I'm Lovin' it

    • Hop'sHip

      Maybe if we would lose some players to injury? Would that please you?

      • Aaron S.

        Staten just rolled his ankle. Euphoria has now set in.

  • pghmountaineer

    It's one thing not to be able to score but the defense is non existent. What a shame.

  • Mike

    This team is hard understand. No consistency. I guess Huggins will win again when he has better players on the floor.

  • William

    "Sweatsuit" Huggins is a great coach, with GREAT CHARACTER & CLASS.

    • One Up

      As opposed to a classless act such as yourself?

      • joe

        If you dont answer him he will go away

        • Beaver Sniffer

          You mean like the other six times he's posted tonight?

  • pghmountaineer

    Maybe it's time to give the guys on the bench a chance. They can't be any worse.

  • pghmountaineer

    Another one and done in the Big 12 tourney.

  • William

    I'm glad that I've got the DVD going.
    Can't wait to watch this game a second time.
    And yes,

    • Beaver Sniffer

      Lovin' it? Is that because you've got your tool on your hand?

  • pghmountaineer


  • William

    I'm Lovin' it!