Mountaineer Mania Central

By: WSAZ Staff Email
By: WSAZ Staff Email

UPDATE: April 3, 11:30pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Duke Blue Devils moved within 40 minutes of their first national title in nine years Saturday night, getting 23 points from Jon Scheyer to pull away from West Virginia for a 78-57 victory.

Kyle Singler had 21 and Nolan Smith added 19 more for coach Mike Krzyzewski's team, which squashed West Virginia's feel-good story and will now try to put an end to Butler's.

In a classic case of big vs. little, the Blue Devils will face the Bulldogs on Monday night for the title.

In the Final Four for the first time since 2004, Duke opened a double-digit lead in the first half. West Virginia's best hope at a rally ended with 8:59 left when its star guard, Da'Sean Butler, hurt his left knee while driving to the basket and had to be carted off the court.

Butler finished with 10 points for the Mountaineers, who were led by Wellington Smith with 12.

More on Butler's Injury:

With about seven minutes to go, West Virginia forward Da'Sean Butler had to be helped off the court after injuring his left knee in a hard collision.

Butler, the Mountaineers' leading scorer, took a hard hit from Duke's Brian Zoubek under the basket with 8:59 left in the second half Saturday night.

The senior forward writhed in pain as a trainer tried straighten his leg, while teammate John Flowers stood over him clapping in encouragement.

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins came out onto the floor and barked at an official, arguing there should have been a foul.

He then knelt to the floor, cradling Butler's head and stroking his face as he tried to calm him down.

Butler was unable to put any weight on his left leg and was taken to the locker room in a golf cart.

UPDATE: Saturday April 3, @ 11:06pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- West Virginia forward Da'Sean Butler had to be helped off the court after injuring his left knee in a hard collision.

Butler, the Mountaineers' leading scorer, took a hard hit from Duke's Brian Zoubek under the basket with 8:59 left in the second half Saturday night.

The senior forward writhed in pain as a trainer tried straighten his leg, while teammate John Flowers stood over him clapping in encouragement.

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins came out onto the floor and barked at an official, arguing there should have been a foul.

He then knelt to the floor, cradling Butler's head and stroking his face as he tried to calm him down.

Butler was unable to put any weight on his left leg and was taken to the locker room in a golf cart.

UPDATE: Saturday April 3, @ 5pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - West Virginia point guard Darryl "Truck"
Bryant's status for the Final Four will be a game-time decision.

Bryant had hoped his broken right foot would heal for Saturday
night's semifinal game against Duke, but he hasn't practiced this
week. Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins has said Bryant would have to
practice to play and that he'd be shocked if the sophomore was able
to go.

A West Virginia spokesman said Bryant's status would be up to
Huggins.

Bryant told ESPN.com earlier Saturday that he was still in a
walking boot and was hoping to play in Monday's championship, if
West Virginia advances.

Bryant broke his foot on March 23 and missed the Mountaineers'
next two NCAA tournament games.

UPDATE: Friday, April 2 @ 11pm
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The road to the Final Four may end in Indy, but it begins in West Virginia. And for those hitting the road Friday was all about those last minute touches.

Jamie Clendenin of Dunbar was getting his oil changed and tires tuned up as he prepared to head to Indianapolis. He's what you could call a dedicated fan.

"I've put about 20,000 miles on my car the past two years driving to Auburn and Pittsburgh and Louisville. Where ever they play I go," Clendenin says.

And the Final Four is no exception. He found two tickets, for him and a friend online. They're in the very top of the stadium in the nose bleeds but you can't call them cheap seats. He paid $250 each for the tickets.

"It's like holding gold," Clendenin says while holding the tickets. "I never thought I'd hold something like this."

But Clendenin's journey to the Final Four won't be an easy one. Hotels are hard to come by so he is leaving Saturday morning and coming back after the game early Sunday evening. He says he plans to sleep through Easter and then hit the road again on Monday if the Mountaineers are in the finals or not.

"Being there is going to be a once in a lifetime experience," Clendenin says.

If you weren't lucky enough to score tickets to the game, countless sports bars are working to create the next best thing.

The Embassy Suites in Charleston is working to transform the entire first floor of the hotel. The Athletic Club in the Hotel is always a hot spot on game night, but on Saturday the party will spill out into the atrium and ball rooms. The hotel is expecting more than 1,000 people.

There is a $15 cover at the hotel, that includes an all-you-can-eat buffet. Doors open at 6 p.m.



UPDATE: Friday, April 2 @ 12:30p
INDIANAPOLIS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Mountaineers wrapped up their last practice session at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis around 2:00 p.m. Friday.

The team practiced in front of thousands of WVU fans.

The practices for all of the teams in the Final Four are open to the public.

After WVU's practice, Head Coach Bob Huggins and the team went to a press conference to talk about Saturday night's game against Duke.

The Lucas Oil Stadium is the home of the Indianapolis Colts.

The stadium will house 70,000 basketball fans for the semifinal game Saturday night.

WSAZ Sports Director Keith Morehouse and Brad Myers are in Indianapolis and will have complete coverage from the Final Four on WSAZ.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the very latest information.



UPDATE: Friday, April 2 @ 12:30pm
INDIANAPOLIS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Thousands of WVU fans are at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to watch the Mountaineers during their last practice before they take on the Duke Blue Devils Saturday night.

The men's basketball team is expected to hit the court at 1:00 p.m. Friday.

Butler is now on the floor for its afternoon practice and the stands are packed with a big hometown crowd.

The practices for all of the teams in the Final Four are open to the public.

The Lucas Oil Stadium is the home of the Indianapolis Colts.

The stadium will house 70,000 basketball fans for the semifinal game Saturday night.

WSAZ Sports Director Keith Morehouse and Brad Myers are in Indianapolis and will have complete coverage from the Final Four on WSAZ.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the very latest information.



UPDATE @ 4:15pm
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Hundreds of fans came out to cheer on the mountaineers as they prepared to leave Morgantown for the Final Four in Indianapolis.

The send-off rally for WVU Men's Basketball Team was at the West Virginia University Coliseum at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The event featured a highlight video chronicling the team's journey to the Big East title. The video walked fans through the high and low points of the season.

The Pride of West Virginia and cheerleaders rolled out a blue and gold carpet for the team to enter the coliseum. Each member was introduced as well as the coaches, trainers and managers.

West Virginia hasn't been to the Final Four since 1959.

The Mountaineers face Duke on Saturday in Indianapolis.

WSAZ Sports Director Keith Morehouse and Brad Myers will be in Indianapolis with live coverage of the Final Four from Indianapolis.



ORIGINAL STORY
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Fans who want to send the Mountaineers to the Final Four with cheers ringing in their ears can attend a send-off rally at the West Virginia University Coliseum.

The event is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday and is open to the public.

Fans can enter the building at 3:30 p.m., after the Mountaineers' closed practice session.

The event features a highlight video chronicling the team's journey to the Big East title.

West Virginia hasn't been to the Final Four since 1959.

The Mountaineers face Duke on Saturday in Indianapolis.


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