MORGANTOWN — Today, class, we offer a pop quiz.
Q - Playing against the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team can best be likened to:
a. Walking barefoot across a bed of red hot coals
b. Eating a plate of broken glass
c. Swimming across a river filled with piranhas
d. Walking through a burning building wearing a gasoline suit
The correct answer, of course, is e. all of the above.
And then some.
The last time the unbeaten and No. 1 ranked Huskies lost, Sen. Robert C. Byrd was still in diapers, or so it seems.
They have won 60 in a row and on , a talented and game but overmatched West Virginia women’s basketball team goes on the road to face them. Carrying a 20-2 record and a No. 11 AP ranking means nothing for the Mountaineers would be at least a 25-point underdog if a spread were put on the game, perhaps even more.
Among their victories this year, Connecticut owns a 12-point triumph over No. 2 Stanford and a 24-point win over No. 3 Notre Dame, which beat WVU last week, 74-66.
Mike Carey knows what he’s facing and he doesn’t want to build this game up into something it isn’t … which is a winnable game.
“A lot of great teams have gone in there and gotten beat,” Carey acknowledged. “I don’t want a moral victory. If we don’t win, we’re not done.”
The question with playing Connecticut, especially at home, is what is a moral victory?
See, that 60-game winning streak we mentioned earlier, well, every one of those wins was by double-figure margins.
So, lose by nine, is it a moral victory? Lose by 15, is it a moral victory?
By any standard, UConn is a great team with a great coach in Geno Auriemma and great players.
MORGANTOWN — Today, class, we offer a pop quiz.
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HERTZEL COLUMN: NCAA football is thriving in the digital age
The other day Baylor football coach Art Briles walked into his graduate assistants’ office and had to laugh at what he saw.
“There’s five guys sitting in there — a couple of GA’s and some office personnel — and they all are within a foot and a half of each other and not a one of them is talking to each other,” Briles said, describing the scene “Every one of them is on the phone.”
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It would be one final indignation, that’s what it would be if Michael Vick were to beat out Geno Smith and win the starting quarterback job with the New York Jets.
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West Virginia’s fans have spoken, perhaps not verbally but nonetheless have had their voices heard, over the past few years as attendance has fallen at the Mountaineers’ football and basketball games.
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The ink had barely dried on the final reports out of West Virginia’s spring practice when thoughts turned forward toward the lazy, hazy days of late summer, days that will bring us into football season with a game that can either change the entire image of WVU football or sour it even further.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Watson tees off a new century at The Greenbrier
You knew this was going to be one of those unpredictable, memorable days when you drove into the Greenbrier Resort and headed to the Old White Golf Course and found the best parking place in the joint.
As Bob Uecker would say, right there in the front rooooow.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Under pressure, NCAA decides to change rules
At first glance, it appears that they do not go hand-in-hand, a pair of rules changes the NCAA’s Legislative Council approved this week, sending them off for what seems to be smooth sailing toward becoming rules.
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The reaction, one suspects, was the same as most people who see either a picture of West Virginia University gymnast Hope Sloanhoffer or meet her for the first time in person — a quick double take, maybe even stumbling over the first few words of an introduction.
Bussie looks forward to WNBA
On Tuesday, the weather turned cold, the wind blew and amongst the raindrops that fell a few snowflakes fluttered quietly to Earth.
It was as if it was a celebration of Asya Bussie being drafted on Monday night by the Minnesota Lynx, champions of the WNBA, with the third selection of the second round, the 15th overall pick of the draft.
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