West Virginia Basketball: Comparing Two Great Teams

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West Virginia Basketball: Comparing Two Great Teams
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The 2004-05 and 2009-10 West Virginia basketball teams will forever be remembered by Mountaineer fans everywhere for giving the school two of the most special seasons in the program's history.

In 2004-05, led by Kevin Pittsnogle and Mike Gansey, WVU took the whole nation by surprise in March, using a run to the Big East Championship Game as the catalyst to a run that transformed them from a bubble team into an eventual Elite Eight team and one of the best Cinderella stories of the decade.

Right now, it's not known for sure how far this year's team is going to go, but they've been a top-ten team for the entire season up to this point (but that could change after last week's loss to UConn).

These are two of the top teams to ever play at West Virginia, the only one that I can even think of that would be better was the 1958-59 team led by some guy named Jerry West (or as you might know him, "The Logo") that lost to Cal in the national championship game. But the way that they are playing and getting all this success has been much, much, much different.

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