April 4, 2010 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Duke was considered to be the weakest No. 1 seed in the NCAA basketball tournament, and the experts certainly thought this team would not advance too far. Well, the Blue Devils not only made it to their 16th Final Four, but they now get a chance at their fourth national championship after knocking off West Virginia, 78-57, in a national semifinal Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. Duke (32-6) advanced to a date Monday night with Butler (33-4), which edged Michigan State, 52-50, in the first game of the doubleheader.
March 11, 1989 |
Temple built a 19-point lead in the first half and held off a late onslaught to upset 20th-ranked Rutgers, 81-68, last night in the Atlantic 10 semifinals, handing the Scarlet Knights their first loss at home since 1985. In the other semifinal, St. Joseph's was upset by West Virginia, 76-59. So, in a duel of Cinderellas, the Owls and the Mountaineers will meet at 5 p.m. today for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Temple (21-8) outhustled the Knights (23-6) in building a 36-17 lead.
January 4, 2008 |
Bill Stewart didn't need an actual job interview. His performance in the 2 1/2 weeks since Rich Rodriguez resigned, punctuated by West Virginia's resounding victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, was enough. Now he's the coach of the Mountaineers, a promotion for a man who calls himself a "West Virginian all my life. " "I had the longest job interview in America," Stewart joked yesterday, hours after the 48-28 victory over the Sooners and before the team boarded a flight home.
February 16, 1990 |
Back in November, Rutgers coach Theresa Grentz speculated that it might take almost the entire season before her team established any consistency. The Scarlet Knights appear to be right on schedule. Rutgers (15-6 overall, 12-1 conference) jumped out to an early 18-point lead over West Virginia last night and won an impressive 80-64 victory in an Atlantic Ten contest that brought the Knights within a half game of first- place St. Joseph's. It was their eighth victory in their last nine games.
March 12, 1989 |
West Virginia wore down Temple in the last seven minutes yesterday to win the Atlantic 10 tournament championship, 63-54, and claim the conference's automatic berth to the women's NCAA tournament. Jenny Hillen, the tournament's most valuable player, scored 16 points for the Mountaineers (23-7), while Donna Abbott added 14. Kelly Lane had 19 for Temple. Despite the loss, the Owls (21-10), who upset host Rutgers Friday in the semifinals, 81-68, are expected to be given an at-large invitation today to the NCAA tournament.
March 24, 2013 |
NEWARK, Del. - Hold the epitaph for the Elena Delle Donne era at Delaware for a little while longer. The sixth-seeded Blue Hens and their all-American leader fought back from a seven-point deficit at halftime Sunday to beat 11th seed West Virginia, 66-53, in a Bridgeport subregional game of the NCAA women's basketball tournament. The win in front of a sellout crowd of 4,532 in the Bob Carpenter Center advanced the Blue Hens to a second-round game Tuesday at 7 p.m. They will play third-seeded North Carolina (29-6)
July 8, 2010 |
While he was tempted to play close to home at Temple, Penn Wood basketball standout Aaron Brown was won over by the hospitality on his visit to West Virginia. "The people there really made me feel welcome," said the 6-foot-5 senior. "Everyone was coming up to me and saying hello. It made me feel like it would be a great place to be. " Brown, who last season averaged 19.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.1 assists, orally committed to West Virginia in a phone call Saturday to assistant Billy Hahn.
January 18, 1991 |
In an Atlantic Ten Conference women's basketball game last night against West Virginia, Rutgers showed a split personality. One moment, the Knights would be zooming along rather easily, and the next they'd be sputtering almost to a standstill. But when the game ended, the unbeaten and sixth-ranked Knights (13-0, 6-0) had a comfortable 95-77 victory that left the Mountaineers (8-5, 3-1) looking forward to their trip to George Washington tomorrow. "This was kind of a test for us to see how we might do later in the conference tournament," said West Virginia coach Scott Harrelson.
December 9, 1986 |
There were enough quality lead guards at the St. Joe's Fieldhouse last night to solve coach Jim Boyle's most pressing problem. Luke Griffin and Geoff Arnold both returned to their alma mater to watch the Hawks play West Virginia in an important early season Atlantic 10 game. Jimmy Black, who started for North Carolina's 1982 NCAA championship team, and Phil Martelli, who played for Widener's 1978 NCAA Division III Final Four team, both were on the Hawks' bench as assistants. Boyle would have loved to use any one of them, just so his team could get the ball up the floor in last night's 61-49 loss.