Juwan Staten was chosen by coach Bob Huggins to be the spearhead, the leader for West Virginia as they were attempting to beat highly ranked Kansas at home for the second straight year.
West Virginia raced out to a nine-point lead early in the first half, but Kansas clawed their way back with consistent outside shooting and rebounding.
But Staten saved his best act for last.
Knifing through the Kansas defense like a knife through butter, his layup with 3.9 seconds left gave the Mountaineers a 62-61 lead. Moments thereafter, Perry Ellis catches a baseball pass from 3/4 court and missed a finger-roll layup just shy of the buzzer. West Virginia won with only shooting 37.5 percent for the game.
The late, great John Denver’s hit song “Take Me Home (Country Roads)” blares on the P.A. system as the Mountaineers pull another victory out of the jaws of defeat. For Kansas, will this send them to a high 3 seed position?
Villanova wins big, but is marred by Seton Hall player throwing a punch
At first, it appeared to be a normal basketball play. Guy goes for the ball, both players dive to the floor, and you would expect either a foul or a jump ball decision by a referee.
In the case on Monday night, Seton Hall player Sterling Gibbs was diving for a loose ball and cocked his right elbow square towards the brain of innocent Villanova player Ryan Arcidiacono.
A flagrant 2 foul was called, Gibbs was ejected and no doubt the NCAA and Big East will come down very hard on him come Tuesday. Instead of being banned for the rest of the season, the school on Tuesday suspended himfor only two games. However, you can pretty much kiss Seton Hall’s flickering chances of reaching the NCAA’s let alone the NIT’s good bye for the season.
Simply put, his action was uncalled for and was not the right thing to do–either in that situation or at any point while stepping out on the court.
Yes, both players did issue apology tweets and was circulated by all sports media namely ESPN and FS1.
As for the game, Villanova won easily 80-54.
Other games of semi-interest on Monday night included…
Butler survived a scare at Creighton 58-56 as Roosevelt Jones scored on a short layup with 1.9 seconds remaining on the clock. Butler is 19-7 overall and looking really good to locking up an at-large berth.
Virginia continues to state its’ case as one of the four top seeds come Selection Sunday, as it was all about defense on full display. The Cavaliers held to 38.6 percent shooting and 15 first-half points in a 61-49 win.
Tuesday’s slate has Kentucky putting their undefeated record on the line at Tennessee (7 p.m. Eastern on ESPN), while Michigan State tries to make themselves a relevant topic of conversation among the bubble teams as they head east to Ann Arbor for their bi-annual interstate rivalry game with Michigan. That game starts at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
But the best way to close this blog is to the very hearty people in and around Boston. Miami and Boston College finally played on Monday afternoon–this after their original Sunday afternoon tip was delayed due to yet another blizzard dumping another 13 inches of snow. To put it in proper perspective, this was on top of the over 60 plus inches that they have had since February 7.
The game was close until the Eagles missed a driving layup with 40 seconds left in double overtime and then Miami sealed the win at the foul line. The final score was the Hurricanes winning 89-86, even though BC tried to tie the game with a three–but sadly, they couldn’t get the shot off after the buzzer sounded.
Please continue to pray for those people in and around upper New England with this disastrous snow of nearly epic proportions and the ice storms throughout most of Tennessee, nothing to be taken lightly–that’s for sure.