WVU says: 'How do you like me now?'
When the brackets were announced a few weeks ago and West Virginia was the No. 2 seed, you could see the Mountaineers were not pleased.
Tonight's stunning 73-66 victory over East Regional No. 1 seed Kentucky shows how a little disrespect can go a long way. It doesn't hurt that Bob Huggins is one of the nation's best and most underrated coaches.
There is no way Huggins could have expected his Mountaineers to be so hot from behind the three-point arc, but it was his decision to go with the 1-3-1 zone on defense that flustered the talented, but inexperienced Wildcats. Plus, Huggs owns John Calipari.
While the Mountaineers regular stars -- Da'Sean Butler and Devin Ebanks -- played outstanding, it was Joe Mazzulla who came up big for WVU with 17 points. He also took advantage of a Kentucky defense that was slow to get back and get off screens. After playing Missouri and Washington, West Virginia was probably surprised at how easy it was to face the Kentucky defense. When Mazzulla was on the bench, UK didn't press the Mountaineers who had trouble against Washington on Thursday and turned the ball over.
Mountaineer fans get at least one more game to watch Butler and Ebanks. John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe and Patrick Patterson are probably all off to the NBA. Under Calipari, the Wildcats should reload quickly but winning it all with young teams is never easy.
On the bright side for Kentucky, at least in five or six years they won't have to pretend the Final Four never happened.