WVU Falls in Doubleheader Opener

NORMAN, Okla. – The West Virginia University baseball team lost the opening game of the doubleheader at Oklahoma, 10-2, on Saturday afternoon in Norman, Oklahoma.

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Sunahara Reveals Spring Slate

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University volleyball coach Reed Sunahara announced the Mountaineers’ 2018 spring schedule on Thursday.

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WVU Downs JMU; Advances to WNIT Quarters

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – The West Virginia University women’s basketball team caught fire late, outscoring James Madison, 19-7, in the fourth quarter to help the Mountaineers take down the Dukes, 67-55, in the third round of the Postseason WNIT on Friday night at the WVU Coliseum.

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Duo in Top 10 on Day One at Furman

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – Junior Max Sear and sophomore Etienne Papineau sit in the top 10 as the West Virginia golf team finished the first round of play in fifth place at the Furman Intercollegiate at the Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, South Carolina, on Friday.

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Villanova Ends WVU’s Run in Sweet 16

BOSTON – Jalen Brunson scored 27 points to power top-seeded Villanova to an 90-78 victory over fifth-seeded West Virginia tonight in the first NCAA East regional semifinal game here at TD Garden in Boston.

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Mountaineers Drop Opener at Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. – The West Virginia University baseball team lost its Big 12 Conference-opener at Oklahoma, 19-6, on Friday night in Norman, Oklahoma.

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Saying Goodbye [to Jevon Carter] Is The Hardest For West Virginia

Jevon has enshrined himself as one of the greatest players in West Virginia history.

That’s it folks. Another season has ended for the West Virginia Mountaineers. Like every season before it, the elusive national title is still out of our grasps. It is nothing new for West Virginia faithful, yet this goodbye will be hard. It will be hard because it means the end of an era. The Jevon Carter era has now, officially, come to an end.

The Mountaineers have seen great players come through Morgantown before. Jerry West, Hot Rod Hundley, Rod Thorn, Drew Schifino, Da’Sean Butler and countless others. Jevon Carter has now written his legacy and deserves to be mentioned along with those players.

Carter came to West Virginia from Maywood, Illinois. Bob Huggins recently recanted a visit where he saw Jevon in Disney, pressing at 8 am. Huggins wasn’t even awake, stating he was drinking “a large cup of coffee, trying to wake up” and Carter was playing the press at 8 AM. In the morning. Huggins called his assistants then and there and told them to offer Carter. When asked what he did well, Huggins responded “Hell, I don’t know what he does well, but he sure tries to guard”

Carter’s presence in Morgantown the last four years has allowed Bob Huggins to implement a full-court, on-ball pressure defense which drew comparisons to the tough, physical teams at Cincinnati. While the defensive moniker “Press Virginia” is the rage for the media, look at what Jevon Carter’s presence has meant to WVU.

In the two years before Carter came to West Virginia, Huggins and the Mountaineers struggled with the Big 12 transition. The Big East was a physical grind and the Mountaineers were a fringe NCAA tournament team thanks to the best conference in the land. The expected transition to the “weaker” Big 12 was supposed to be easy, but the defense failed Huggins and the Mountaineers missed the NCAA Tournament their first two years in the new league.

Enter Carter. He wasn’t a starter as a freshman, like Oklahoma’s Trae Young, but the impact he made on both offense and defense was undeniable. Carter, from the moment he stepped onto the court, affected the ball. A game that showed just how much impact Carter could have was against #18 Oklahoma Sooners. In the game, Carter was the leading scorer for the ‘Eers, scoring 18 while grabbing 7 boards, 3 assists, 1 block, and 3 steals as the Mountaineers cruised to a 86-65 victory. With senior Juwan Staten leaving at the end of the season after the first Big 12 NCAA bid for the Mountaineers, Carter stood to take over the mantle as “the man” for WVU.

Over the next three years, Carter has proven he was always ready to handle the spotlight. He increased his points per game from 8.1 as a freshman to over 17 as a senior. He increased his field goal percentage for 36 as a freshman to over 42 and his 3-point shooting from 31% to 38%.

More than just improving his personal performance, Jevon has improved the state of West Virginia Basketball. Before Jevon became a Mountaineer, West Virginia had reached the Sweet Sixteen eight times in its history. Jevon has reached the Sweet Sixteen three of his four years. In fact, thanks to Carter, the Sweet Sixteen has become the standard for the school. We should reach the S16 because we have Jevon Carter.

Carter has meant a lot to the school and a lot to Bob Huggins. Carter will leave the school as the all-time steals leader with 330. He set the single season steals record with 112 this season, becoming one of 25 players ever to record 100 steals in a season. He became the first Power 5 player ever to record 1,500 points, 500 assists, 500 rebounds and 300 steals in a career.

We as fans have been spoiled by such a talented and selfless player as Jevon. He rose through hard work and dedication to become one of the greatest players in modern WVU history. For that, saying goodbye to this season will prove to be one of the hardest things we have to do.

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March Madness 2018: No. 5 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. No. 1 Villanova Wildcats, live game thread, updates and more

Join us in the comments as the Mountaineers look to send another No. 1 seed out of the NCAA tournament.

When, Where, and How To Watch

Date: Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Tip-Off Time: 7:27 PM ET

Where: TD Garden Arena, Boston, Massachusetts


Streaming Video: NCAA March Madness | Hulu | CBS All Access (Subject to regional availability) | FuboTV

Our Preview

Game Notes

  • This will be the 43rd meeting between the West Virginia Mountaineers and Villanova Wildcats, with the Wildcats holding a 22-20 lead dating back to 1956. The two schools were former members of the Eastern 8 (Atlantic 10) and the Big East Conference, and last met on December 28, 2011 in Morgantown, an 83-69 WVU win.
  • Against Marshall, Jevon Carter became the fifth player in NCAA history to score 28 points, generate five steals and hand out five assists in an NCAA Tournament game. Carter and Jerry West are the only two WVU players to score 20 or more points in four NCAA Tournament games.
  • Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr. are the sixth and seventh Mountaineers to play in four NCAA Tournaments. The others are John Flowers, Cam Thoroughman, Jonnie West, Darryl Bryant and Kevin Jones.
  • Jevon Carter was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row. He became the fourth Big 12 Player (first guard) to win Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors twice.
  • Carter was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team for the fourth consecutive year, joining Purdue’s Chris Kramer (2007-10) and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft (2011-14) as the only major conference players to do so.
  • Carter was a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 First Team, while Sagaba Konate was named to the All-Big 12 Third Team and Big 12 All-Defensive Team.
  • The Mountaineers own a 1,756-1,078 all-time record in intercollegiate basketball competition, ranking the Mountaineers 22nd in wins among all Division I schools.
  • Carter was named CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for men’s basketball in 2017-18.
  • Sagaba Konate has already posted 113 blocks this season. He had 53 his entire freshman season a year ago. Konate has had at least five blocks in nine games this season, one of three players nationally to complete that feat.
  • VegasInsider.com has Villanova as a 5 point favorite, with the over set at 153 total points.

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