MORGANTOWN — Mike Carey has had enough and he doesn’t care who knows it.
His team has worked too hard and come too far for him to sit quietly any more about the way his team is being treated, both in the Big East and in the NCAA.
Fine, they were a No. 3 seed in the women’s draw, that was announced Monday night. They would have liked to have been a No. 2, could even have made a case for it, but when you have come from where Carey and his West Virginia program has come from, you aren’t about to complain about that.
But for the second time in two NCAA appearances, his Mountaineers are stuck facing the possibility of playing an opponent on its home court in the second round and he doesn’t like it.
“I figured we’d be a No. 3 seed, but I’m very disappointed we again get to play someone on their home floor,” he said.
The NCAA sent West Virginia to the Memphis bracket, where it will play its first two games in Austin, Texas. It opens against No. 14 Lamar at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. If it wins and if the University of Texas takes care of its business, the Mountaineers will have to play the No. 6 Longhorns on their home floor.
The last time the Mountaineers were in the NCAA, in 2008, they were a No. 5 seed and were sent to Albuquerque where they had to face the New Mexico Lobos on their home floor.
“I’m a little disappointed in the Big East, too,” Carey said. “I thought they might fight for us. I asked them to not let it happen again, but it is what is.”
And it is a travesty. With all the arenas there are throughout the nation, there is no reason on earth for any team to have to play at home, least of all a No. 6 seed that hasn’t earned the right.