Buddy Boeheim gets dad back to Sweet 16 as Syracuse tops WVU
Syracuse defeated Syracuse 75-72. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS – Buddy Boeheim kept shooting, carrying his Hall of Fame father and 11th-seeded Syracuse back into the Sweet 16. The Orange, a top program for four decades under Jim Boeheim, once again showed they're just as dangerous as an NCAA Tournament afterthought. Now they're heading to Jim Boeheim's 20th Sweet 16, thanks to his 6-foot-6, sweet-shooting son. They have advanced to the Sweet 16 each time they’ve been given a double-digit seeding, reaching the Final Four as a 10 in 2016 and the Sweet 16 as an 11 in 2018.
Without Cunningham, No. 17 Oklahoma State beats No. 6 WVU
6 West Virginia 85-80 on Saturday. Oklahoma State has won six of seven heading into the Big 12 tournament. 13 Kansas the second seed in the upcoming Big 12 tournament, behind league champion Baylor. West Virginia could fall several spots after a 2-2 week, which also included a loss to No. AdUP NEXTBoth teams have first-round byes in the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, and will play quarterfinal games on Thursday.
No. 3 Baylor clinches B12 title in OT, 94-89 over No. 6 WVU
6 West Virginia 94-89 Tuesday for the Bears' first Big 12 regular-season title. Ad“At the end of the day, they just did more of the little stuff at the end to win the game," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. But the Bears went scoreless for nearly six minutes before halftime, allowing West Virginia to keep it close the rest of the game. They shot 51% (36 of 70) from the floor against West Virginia. West Virginia hosts TCU on Thursday.
Frigid weather scraps more sports events in Texas, Oklahoma
12 Texas and No. The Big 12 has an extra week before the start of the conference tournament to try to make up some postponed games. The postponement of the Alabama game makes it five straight games called off for the Aggies. Two season-opening series involving Big 12 baseball teams scheduled for this weekend were canceled. Jacksonville State was supposed to visit Baylor, and Oklahoma was set to play Wichita State in Round Rock, Texas, just north of Austin.
Reaves lifts No. 12 Oklahoma over No. 14 WVU 91-90 in 2OT
Reaves scored four of his 28 points in the final minute of the second overtime and the Sooners held off No. 14 West Virginia 91-90 on Saturday. West Virginia got it right back on a tie-up during the ensuing inbounds pass. AdAfter the ball went out of bounds again and West Virginia kept possession, McBride lofted a pass underneath the basket to Culver. West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said his players were tired after returning late from a win at No.
Florida beats No. 11 WVU in Big 12-SEC Challenge 85-80
11 West Virginia 85-80 on Saturday in the Big 12-SEC Challenge. Derek Culver led West Virginia (11-5) with a career-high 28 points, but he was bottled up in the second half. NICHOLS BACKFlorida assistant coach Darris Nichols faced West Virginia coach Bob Huggins for the third time. The Gators beat West Virginia in the 2016 Big 12/SEC Challenge in Gainesville, Florida, and at the 2018 Jimmy V Classic. 10 Texas Tech last Monday, Saturday's loss could prevent West Virginia from moving into the top 10 of the AP poll.
Culver leads No. 14 West Virginia from 19 down past Okla St
14 West Virginia rally from 19 down in the second half to beat Oklahoma State 87-84 on Monday night. Miles McBride scored 19 of his 21 points after halftime for the Mountaineers (9-3, 2-2 Big 12), including 14 in the final four minutes. “He loves those moments,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said of McBride, who had two fouls in 10 minutes during the first half. Oklahoma State: The Cowboys led for virtually the entire first half and well into the second. Oklahoma State: The Cowboys head out on the road to face Kansas State on Saturday.
WVU beats No. 4 Baylor, denies Bears chance at league title
4 Baylor 76-64 on Saturday, denying the Bears the chance to earn a tie for the Big 12 regular-season championship. Instead, it was West Virginia (21-10, 9-9) celebrating. But West Virginia, the league’s worst free throw shooting team, made 16 of 19 from the line over the final two minutes to seal it. West Virginia: The Mountaineers will take some momentum into the league tournament after going 3-6 in February. West Virginia could re-enter the rankings after dropping out this past week.
Huggins ties Smith at 879 as No. 17 WVU beats Oklahoma State
“I promised the state of West Virginia that we were going to get it going again," Huggins said. Oklahoma State shot 17% (5 of 30) from the floor after halftime and was held to 14 points, the fewest allowed by West Virginia this season. “Obviously, it was a tale of two halves in many ways for our team," Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said. Oscar Tshiebwe had 15 rebounds, Derek Culver pulled down 10 off the bench and West Virginia outrebounded Oklahoma State 42-29. Cameron McGriff scored 19 points for Oklahoma State (13-13, 3-10), which won its previous two games.
McBride leads No. 17 West Virginia over No. 22 Texas Tech
17 West Virginia beat 22nd-ranked Texas Tech 66-54 on Saturday night. It marked the second time in two weeks that McBride gave West Virginia a huge lift. Texas Tech was forced to take an abundance of 3-pointers but made just 6 of 28 (21%). West Virginia had a 43-30 rebounding advantage over Texas Tech. West Virginia: Hosts TCU on Tuesday.
Azubuike leads No. 3 KU to 60-53 win over No. 16 W Virginia
16 West Virginia 60-53 in the Big 12 opener for both teams Saturday. “The key the second half was Dot's conditioning — I think he played 40 minutes and never came out against pressure like that. He doesn't try to be anything else,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. And when McBride made two foul shots for West Virginia, the Jayhawks' junior guard added his own. They forced West Virginia into 16 turnovers while allowing just seven assists, but they also gave up 15 second-chance points while getting just four themselves.