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Post by onetouchfutbol on Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:48 am

West Virginia was the favorite going into this tournament. I believe they were ranked #8 going into it. Here's a brief description of them from the '76 Classic website:

West Virginia made its sixth straight post-season appearance in 2008-09, and its fourth NCAA Tournament berth in that span. For the second year in a row, the Mountaineers reached the semifinals of the tough BIG EAST Championship. Bob Huggins, a 1977 West Virginia graduate, begins his third season as coach and enters the year ranked 25th all-time with 639 career wins. Forward Devin Ebanks was named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie and All-Tournament teams as a freshman.

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We've got our work cut out for us, but, nothing we do will surprise me anymore. Hopefully, our big men will keep diving onto the floor. TJ and Stohl will keep hitting 3s. Raivio will keep rebounding 8+ per game, and Rev will keep changing up the defense to keep them off balance. Go PILOTS!

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by ShipstadPilot11 on Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:52 am

You said it!

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by ShipstadPilot11 on Sat Nov 28, 2009 3:10 pm

West Virginia is the only team who will go all weekend without playing a currently ranked team.

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:15 pm

All right, I was down for about 10, 15 minutes about the soccer loss, but there is a men's playoff game tomorrow morning, and this matchup with WV tomorrow night so I don't really have time to dwell on it.

If the boys come out relaxed and stay calm who knows what can happen? Whatever the outcome we can all be proud to be Pilots after this weekend.

...Although a win tomorrow would keep me up all night... Very Happy

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by DaTruRochin on Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:32 pm

I hope (and think) this squad is going to relax and do well, the really have done nothing to lose...

They've already had that Hickory High moment realizing they really can play with the big boys (haha and shoot better than most of them )

Honestly a win tomorrow, I might get into my car and drive to Portland to jump high five everyone I know down there... I haven't had a good pumping high five in a while...

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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:06 pm

DaTruRochin wrote: They've already had that Hickory High moment realizing they really can play with the big boys (haha and shoot better than most of them )
Rev took them out to measure the rims the morning of the UCLA game. They were actually 9'11.5" which really boosted their confidence. I read it on his Twitter.

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by mattywizz on Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:20 am

I am really looking forward to this. The guys looked tight at the start of both games so far. Hopefully they will just let it fly tonight. If we can keep the turnovers closer to the 10-13 range I will be a much happier Pilot fan.

Let's show those Mountaineers how we Pilots Slip It In.

And P.S. let's show them what a real mountain looks like...The highest point in West Virginia-- Spruce Knob, 4,863 feet. They should be called the RollingHilleers. Silly East Coasters and their "mountains."

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by pilotram on Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:34 am

"C'mon yall, let's go climb the knob!"

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by Stonehouse on Sun Nov 29, 2009 10:29 am

HA ha ha ha... coldsmoke, I'm staying away from that one! Smile

Here's a preview from the local West Virginia paper... funny that instead of letting the team go to Disneyland, Huggins made them practice:

http://wvgazette.com/Sports/200911280498

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CBS sports preview

Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Nov 29, 2009 12:04 pm

Portland vs. West Virginia

Preview

TIME: 10:00 P.M. EST
As the highest ranked team in the field, West Virginia was expected to reach the finals of the 76 Classic. Its title-game opponent was not.

The eighth-ranked Mountaineers look to remain perfect when they face upstart Portland for the tournament championship Sunday night in Anaheim, Calif.

One of four ranked schools in the tournament field, West Virginia (4-0) avoided an upset and reached the championship game with an 85-62 rout of Long Beach State in Thursday's opener and a 73-66 win over Texas A&M on Friday.

The Mountaineers haven't won an in-season tournament since the 2001 Hispanic College Fund Classic in New Mexico.

Portland (5-0), meanwhile, is the surprise of the event after a 74-47 rout of an inexperienced UCLA team on Thursday and a 61-56 victory over No. 22 Minnesota in Friday's semifinals.

With 12 players back from last season's 19-13 squad, Portland is considered a team that could possibly unseat Gonzaga as the top team in the West Coast Conference. The Pilots are off to their best start since opening 6-0 in 1995-96.

"We're on a great journey," Portland coach Eric Reveno said. "I told (the players) that I thought I wrote a great practice plan. But I can't make up anything to duplicate the experience of the last couple of nights."

Though Portland has knocked off three straight quality programs, starting with an 88-81 win over Oregon on Nov. 1, its biggest test awaits in its first meeting with West Virginia. The Mountaineers are shooting 47.0 percent, holding opponents to 59.5 points per contest and finally have their best player back on the court.

Still, coach Bob Huggins is not satisfied.

"We're not near where we need to be," he said. "We've got to have five guys doing the same thing."

Da'Sean Butler scored 17 points and sophomore Devin Ebanks added 14 with nine rebounds in his season debut against Texas A&M.

The 6-foot-7 Butler averages a team-leading 16.3 points per contest, and the return of Ebanks makes West Virginia much tougher to handle.

An all-Big East rookie selection as a freshman, Ebanks missed West Virginia's first three games due to undisclosed personal reasons. He went 4 for 6 from the field in 29 minutes Friday as the Mountaineers shot 51.1 percent, including 61.9 in the second half.

"He's still a little rusty," Huggins said of the 6-9 Ebanks, who averaged 10.5 points and 7.8 rebounds last season. "We still have to get the rust off him. It's nice to have him back, that's for sure."

Though West Virginia presents an even bigger challenge with Ebanks, Portland held UCLA and Minnesota to 51.5 points and 33.0 percent shooting in the tournament.

"We worked hard to get here and it kind of chokes me up," Reveno said. "There's been so much blood, sweat and tears with this team. Their discipline, commitment and trust in our staff and selves is great to see."

T.J. Campbell scored a season-high 23 points, while Robin Smeulders added 13 and Nik Raivio grabbed a season-best 11 rebounds against Minnesota.

Campbell, a senior guard, is averaging a team-leading 18.0 points and 4.8 assists.

Portland, which has won two of its last three games against Top 25 opponents, has lost seven in a row versus teams ranked in the Top 10 since the start of the 2000-01 season.

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by MesaPilot1 on Sun Nov 29, 2009 2:37 pm

GO PILOT"S mount the Mountaineers, 67-64 Pilots,

WV swarming defense will be the difference for them if we are to lose. I don't know if we can compete with their athletc length. But , the Pilot's even when their not shooting well seem to be gettting the right breaks at the right time.

Goal Celebration!

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by IronLions on Sun Nov 29, 2009 2:54 pm

Good luck tonight Pilots- the wcc will be rooting you guys on!

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by ShipstadPilot11 on Sun Nov 29, 2009 2:57 pm

Thanks IronLions!

Is it gametime yet?!?!??! BRING ON WVU!

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by onetouchfutbol on Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:23 pm

Yeah, bring it! I'm stoked. Raivio is really close to 1,000 career points...30 points away. That should happen in the next 1-2 games. If TJ is the glue of the team, Raivio is the bread and butter.

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by onetouchfutbol on Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:32 pm

Today's game is #4 West Virginia vs. #5 Portland in terms of early season RPI rankings...

http://www.realtimerpi.com/

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Another nice write-up by Katz. I'm not sure if Stonehouse posted this one already:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/columns/story?columnist=katz_andy&id=4695606

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by PilotNut on Sun Nov 29, 2009 6:15 pm

Bring on the 'Neers.... Let's Go Pilots!

Tonight would be a great night for Jared to go on one of his crazy streaks...

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by PilotDrummer on Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:05 pm


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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by mattywizz on Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:08 pm

Doug Gottleib is impressed with our coach, Eric Raveno.

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by martymoose on Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:14 pm

Good luck tonight.

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by PilotDrummer on Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:19 pm

6-4 pilots at the 16 minute media timeout.

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by DaTruRochin on Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:24 pm

mattywizz wrote:Doug Gottleib is impressed with our coach, Eric Raveno.

Insert snarky Doug Gottleib/stolen credit card comment here...

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by PilotDrummer on Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:28 pm

12 minute media timeout: 10-8 pilots.

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by PilotDrummer on Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:38 pm

8 minute media timeout: 18-14 WVU.

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by PilotDrummer on Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:59 pm

39-25 WVU at the half.

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Re: UP vs. West Virginia 11/29 7 pm PST ESPN 2

Post by pilotram on Sun Nov 29, 2009 8:02 pm

The 3's aren't falling. With the usual 50% or so we're right in it.

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