WVU Wins, But So What?

Did my eyes deceive me tonight, or did West Virginia win a basketball game on Wednesday?

Yes, the Mountaineers did end up coming through with a victory vs. a terrible TCU team. It ended a three-game losing streak for WVU.

West Virginia ended up winning 71-50. It was the first time the Mountaineers had won by more than 10 points since Nov. 28 vs. VMI.

It likely secured that WVU wouldn't sit last in the Big 12 Conference this season – even if it does lose the majority of its remaining games. It kept the Mountaineers' psyche – whatever that is at this point in the year – up, as well.

But, it's hard to take many positives from a game like that – one that really wasn't even close and shouldn't have been close.

Just take a look at some of the statistics.

Yea, TCU was truly that bad, and even made West Virginia look like a respectable basketball team at times.

What does a game like Wednesday's do to help the Mountaineers, though?

This team is gaining anything by beating up on a terrible team. It probably gained more from its blowout loss to Purdue last Saturday.

It shouldn't garner much confidence from this. Maybe it finds a way to build from the victory in an attempt to make a run. Who knows with this team. Head coach Bob Huggins definitely doesn't know.

The Mountaineers have a crucial three-day stretch upcoming. It faces Oklahoma State on the road Saturday afternoon. Then, it heads back home before No. 2 Kansas invades the Coliseum on Monday in what has been deemed by many as the game of the year. And, after No. 1 Duke falling to Miami earlier this evening, the Jayhawks have a chance to come into the game as the top-ranked team in the nation. That will sure fill the seats.

WVU really has no shot to make the NCAA tournament – even with two wins over Kansas and some epic run.

The Mountaineers, surprisingly, do have a legitimate chance to finish in the top half of the Big 12. There are a bunch of teams that sit behind Kansas that aren't going to blow teams away by any means.

West Virginia has already proven to be able to compete well at Iowa State – a team that currently sits at 3-1 in the Big 12. It just doesn't compete consistently this season – not in games, not in possessions, not in just about everything.

WVU does get a shot to prove that this season is not a loss in the final month or so, but I fear that it may be too late and that the team is already checked out.

We'll find out in the next week if the Mountaineers have given up. I would find it hard to believe a Huggins-coached team would, but then again, I've been surprised a lot this season.

I kept waiting for the Mountaineers to have a breakout win – something that could send them on a winning streak to get them into the NCAA tournament. I waited for a month wondering at which game it would come.

It hasn't, and now salvaging this season is likely an opportunity long gone.

That doesn't mean West Virginia can't mess up someone's season or make a run in the Big 12 tournament. That has to be the goal now, right?

And, really, how sad is that?

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