Allan Taylor

Friday March 24, 2017

The Lunch: Tough finish to sometimes-marvelous 28-win season

Signing off from San Jose, the Gold & Blue Lunch Report rewinds what went wrong at the end of a 61-58 loss to Gonzaga.

Guard, not Gonzaga’s giants, makes Sweet 16’s big swat

Allan Taylor's column: Josh Perkins had five blocks all season. His sixth erased West Virginia's chance to reach the Elite Eight.

Thursday March 23, 2017

Carter thrills but ultimately can’t will West Virginia past Zags

Jevon Carter’s 21 points weren’t enough to save West Virginia from 27-percent shooting in a 61-58 loss.

Sweet 16 notebook: Whistles galore as Gonzaga prevails

  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Fouls came early and often at the Sweet 16, with Gonzaga and West Virginia combining for 27 in the opening...

Photo gallery: West Virginia falls to Zags in the Sweet 16

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Images from Thursday night’s Sweet 16 game between fourth-seeded West Virginia and No. 1 Gonzaga.

Neither wants to zig as West Virginia meets Zags

In its Sweet 16 preview from San Jose, the Gold & Blue Lunch Report sizes up all the angles on WVU-Gonzaga.

Juco cornerback with track speed becomes late 2017 commit

Butler (Kan.) Community College cornerback Fontez Davis plans to enroll in May and will have three years remaining.

Wednesday March 22, 2017

Carter’s imprint impossible to miss on Press Virginia

Allan Taylor's column from the Sweet 16: Mountaineers point guard has grown accustomed to directing his teammates, and they've grown used to listening.

Sweet 16 notebook: Fishing, beards, and San Jose’s per diem boost

Some light-hearted takeaways from West Virginia and Gonzaga on the eve of their Sweet 16 matchup.

The Lunch rankings: WVU-Gonzaga among most compelling Sweet 16s

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The SAP Center has its NCAA court installed (don’t worry, that screen shot comes from two days ago) and we’ll take...

How did BYU beat Zags, and what can West Virginia glean from it?

In his column, Allan Taylor chats with a Brigham Young assistant about the only blemish on Gonzaga's 34-1 record.

Tuesday March 21, 2017

Marcell Lazard leaves team, hurting depth at offensive tackle

The West Virginia fifth-year senior had played in 27 games overall, including 12 starts over the past two seasons at right tackle.

Gold & Blue Lunch: What is an NCAA tournament win worth?

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — What sort of revenue is at stake for teams like West Virginia in the Sweet 16? The Gold & Blue Lunch Report...

Monday March 20, 2017

Gonzaga brings ‘maybe the best starting five in America’

Three talented transfers, two 7-footers and a 34-1 record show how formidable the top-seeded Bulldogs are. The Gold & Blue Lunch begins previewing the Sweet 16 matchup against West Virginia.

Sunday March 19, 2017

Massive Cyclones rally falls short, but OSU is Big 12’s big loser

  A 19-point deficit wasn’t too huge for Iowa State, but Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan was. The Boilermakers big man produced 20 points, seven assists and...

Saturday March 18, 2017

Notebook: No Hurley moments from Farrell this time

  BUFFALO, N.Y. — As West Virginia point guard Jevon Carter was matching a season-high scoring output, his Notre Dame counterpart Matt Farrell couldn’t keep...

Press Virginia has ‘the look’ — and the offense to back it up

Allan Taylor's column from Buffalo, where West Virginia's defense had its moments but its offense delivered the knockout.

Hot start, hot Carter send Mountaineers streaking into Sweet 16

Snapping a three-year shooting slump in NCAA tournaments, Jevon Carter scored 24 and No. 4 seed West Virginia beat Notre Dame 83-71 f

Photo gallery: WVU downs Irish in second-round game

Images from Saturday's round-of-32 game in Buffalo.

Friday March 17, 2017

First-round jitters gone, let the fun begin for Notre Dame-WVU

The Irish commit the fewest turnovers in the nation, and Press Virginia generates the most. Their renewal of a Big East series is must-see action during Saturday's second round of the NCAAs.

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