Saturday, January 31, 2009
Not really. I mean you want to win, but being down by 20 at the half and coming back to make it a game has to be worth something. Right?
Watching the first half, there were so many situations where I thought West Virginia was fouled but nothing was called. Honestly though, the Mountaineers didn't look like they belonged on the same court with Louisville. The Cardinals beat West Virginia in every way you can imagine.
The second half was the complete opposite. This was the perfect game to show your team that the refs favor the team that is aggressive. Louisville came out in the second half sluggish and West Virginia was the more aggressive team. The commentators noted that Louisville was standing around on offense several times. When they couldn't buy a basket the pressure defense disappeared. Likewise West Virginia was able to get into their offense and score easy baskets.
Still, that first half lead for the Cardinals proved to be too much for West Virginia as the Mountaineers fell 69-63. And the schedule doesn't get any easier with four of the next five against ranked teams. Possibly five if Providence can beat UConn today. At least three of the next five will be at home.
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