Big East: One trick pony

By Jerry Palm - March 07, 2007

West Virginia does one thing - shoot threes. If the shot is falling, they'll probably win. If not, they'll probably lose. West Virginia is so committed to the three points shot that even with two minutes to go and a ten point lead, Alex Ruoff fired one up just one second into a possession because he was open. It went in, so I guess it's hard to argue with success.

Today, they fell and the Mountaineers won 92-79. West Virginia was 17-31 from three point range, but only 14-30 from inside the arc. West Virginia will face Louisville tomorrow night.

Providence played hard, but not always smart, and that was ultimately their undoing. They turned the ball over too much and kept losing the three point shooters on defense, which is the only thing you have to defend.

The Friar mascot may be creepy looking, but he was never out of the game. Every timeout, he was out dancing around, even if the WVU band was playing.

Posted by Jerry Palm at 09:02 PM on March 07, 2007
Comments (2)


Actually, if you watched them play ever before, the three is the main point of the offense, but Beilien's teams can also put on a clinic in how too operate the back-door cut. Watch WVU is a lot like watching the old time Princeton teams in the way the move their offense. Ask anyone who's played WVU, they find ways to get open shots or easy back-door cuts.

They didn't go there much yesterday. I'll expect to see more of that against a better team when they play today. Unless, of course, they get hot from outside.

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