WVU: Big East Tourney Result Was Just About Right

Frank AhrensSenior Writer IMarch 15, 2008

As difficult as it was to get spanked, and spanked hard, by Georgetown Friday night, WVU basketball fans should take solace in the team's performance in the conference during the season and in the tournament.

The team was picked, what, 12th in the preseason Big East standings? After losing in the semi-finals of the Big East tourney, WVU is at least the fourth-best team in the conference. Considering this is not Bob Huggins's team, their showing has been impressive.

Georgetown, ranked ninth, is a very good team. They can win without Roy Hibbert, and they can win with him. Their defense is outstanding and their offensive discipline is impressive.

Now, WVU is well-situated for the NCAA Tournament.

ESPN's Joe Lunardi has WVU as a very solid seventh-seed in his most recent bracket.

I don't know how far WVU can go in the tournament, but it would be terrific to see this team—a transitional team between coaches of different styles, which has already defied expectations by likely making it to the tournament—win one or perhaps two games there.