The Times West Virginian

WVU Sports

March 9, 2010

FURFARI COLUMN - Interest in WVU basketball is at peak pitch



The current Mountaineers performed before slightly more than 320,000 spectators in the 30 games to date. That total includes about 116,000 for 11 games away and 30,969 for five games at neutral sites.

WVU was 12-2 at home, 8-2 for games away, and 5-0 on neutral courts.

Last Saturday’s overtime 68-66 comeback conquest of No. 9 ranked Villanova at Philadelphia’s Wachovia Center drew more than 20,000 — largest crowd of the year. And CBS televised the thriller from coast to coast.

WVU finished in third place with a 13-5 Big East record and earned a double bye in the league tournament this week at Madison Square Garden.

The Mountaineers’ 13 Big East victories are a school record. They had 11 in Huggins’ first year as the head coach (2007-08).

According to, West Virginia has the fifth best RPI in the country and the third toughest schedule in NCAA Division 1.


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