DePaul Blue Demons vs. West Virginia Mountaineers – Wednesday, March 4th, 6:00 p.m. Central
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The Mountaineers are coming off a 64-50 road win over South Florida on Sunday afternoon. Alex Ruoff led WVU with 16 points, 13 of which came in the second half.
The Mountaineers had four players in double-figures Darryl "Truck" Bryant finished with 13 points. Freshman phenom Devin Ebanks contributed 10 points and seven rebounds while Kevin Jones came in off the bench to score 10.
Da'Sean Butler grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for WVU.
The Mountaineers are tied with Syracuse for seventh place in the Big East right now which is crucial to their hopes of getting a first round bye in the Big East tournament.
WVU returns home to Morgantown after a three game road trip. "It will be great to get back home and get that tremendous support from the students and our fans. Wednesday is a huge game for us," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. "The DePaul game for us is a lot like the St. John's game a year ago. We were very fortunate to beat St. John's when Mazzulla makes the driving layup to send the game into overtime."
The Mountaineers are on the positive side of the NCAA bubble right now, a loss to the Demons would pop that bubble. "(DePaul) almost got Villanova two games ago and if they do that to us then we take a huge, huge hit in the RPI and then all of the sudden people are talking about the bubble again," Huggins said. "We need some support and I'm sure we are going to get it."
Huggins is no doubt emphasizing that this is a huge game because it is a trap game for the Mountaineers before they take on fifth ranked Louisville in a nationally televised matchup on Saturday.
For DePaul the downward spiral continues as they haven't won a game since December 28th. At 0-16 in the Big East and both remaining games on the road, it appears that DePaul isn't going to be able to dig their way out of the cellar and Jerry Wainwright's run as coach of the Demons could be coming to a close.
The Last Time
On February 27, 2008 at Allstate Arena, the Mountaineers climbed to a 85-73 win over the Blue Demons. Senior guard Draelon Burns led all scorers with 31 points. Freshman Dar Tucker contributed with 15, while Will Walker added 13.
Alex Ruoff scored 22 points to lead the way for West Virginia. Da'Sean Butler finished with a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds.
West Virginia Roster
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown
25 Darryl Bryant G 6-2 200 Fr. Brooklyn, N.Y.
1 Da'Sean Butler F 6-7 225 Jr. Newark, N.J.
3 Devin Ebanks F 6-9 205 Fr. Long Island City, N.Y.
41 John Flowers F 6-7 203 So. Waldorf, Md.
5 Kevin Jones F 6-8 230 Fr. Mount Vernon, N.Y.
21 Joe Mazzulla G 6-2 205 Jr. Johnston, R.I.
33 Cameron Payne G 6-4 215 r-Fr. Charleston, W.Va.
45 Dee Proby F 6-10 240 Jr. Round Rock, Texas
22 Alex Ruoff G 6-6 220 Sr. Spring Hill, Fla.
35 Wellington Smith F 6-7 230 Jr. Summit, N.J.
20 Josh Sowards F 6-7 215 r-Jr. Scott Depot, W.Va.
24 Will Thomas G 6-5 215 So. East Cleveland, Ohio
2 Cam Thoroughman F 6-7 225 r-So. Portsmouth, Ohio
4 Jonnie West G 6-3 187 r-So. Memphis, Tenn.
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