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March 19, 2010

New York State of mind

WVU’s Butler has great history in Empire State

BUFFALO, N.Y. —  

Da’Sean Butler was in a New York state of mind.

Seems like he usually is.

Or should that read a New York State of mind?

His home may be in New Jersey but he’s New York through and through, which is good, considering West Virginia is in the midst of what it hopes will be seven games in New York State.

First there were the three Big East Conference Championship games in Madison Square Garden where Butler made like Light-fingered Looie of Toity-Toid and Toid Street, picking not only Cincinnati’s pocket but Georgetown’s en route to the title.

Now he moves here to face Morgan State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament and if WVU survives two games here they move on to Syracuse for potentially two games.

East side, west side

All around the town,

The tots sang “Ring-a-Rosie”

London Bridge is falling down

—The Sidewalks of New York

Da’Sean Butler belongs in New York.

History says so, history he’s made.

He’s played in the state of New York 16 times in his career. He averages 17.6 points a game and that includes two games as a freshman where he scored five points and six, something he remedied in the finals of the NIT that year, scoring 20 as West Virginia beat Clemson for the title in Madison Square Garden.

Six times he’s scored 20 in New York, once 33 when playing at St. John’s.

And, of course, there’s a pair of game-winning shots on the resume that came in Madison Square Garden as West Virginia was winning its first Big East championship.

That’s when the tots sang “Ring-a-Rose” and London Bridge should have fallen down.

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Me and Mamie O’Rourke

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