West Virginia's Devin Williams and Jaysean Paige Discuss NCAA Tournament Bid

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - West Virginia forward Devin Williams didn't take long to recover from the disappointment of not winning the Big 12 championship. The broad-shouldered forward is looking ahead to this weekend's NCAA tournament after learning of WVU's third seed and Brooklyn pod placement.

Williams maintained an even keel during the viewing of the NCAA selection show, which dragged on longer than an Oscars broadcast in revealing the 64-team field. WVU was in the third region listed (by then, the leaked bracket was circulating Twitter like a hummingbird on meth) so he and his teammates who weren't on line may have been among the last to get the word.

However, the big forward, who put up a career-high 31 points against Kansas in the league finals, noted that it's preparation and getting to know the opponent which will be keys for the first round match-up against Stephen F Austin.

"It went on for a long time," he said of the CBS show. "We did work this year and put ourselves in a good position. We are always given the short stick [in seeding] and it's kind of obvious  But it's better than last year."

Williams is trying not to get bogged down in all of that, though. Listing two different types of preparation, he has his week mapped out as he tries to continue the outstanding play he showed against the Jayhawks.

"The coaches will give us games to watch them and we'll watch them on Tuesday," he said. "The most important thing is to prepare for the games and get ready.I feel good. I've definitely been working on my mental [game]. In order to become a better player I have to put that game behind me, and continue to prepare the way I did for the Big 12 tournament."

"I honestly don't know how we match up with Stephen F. Austin," head coach Bob Huggins noted after learning his first round opponent. Huggins also joined a chorus of other coaches decrying the seeding process. "For some reason they think we can't play."

Huggins noted on the Big 12 teleconference on Monday that he has been slowed by the flu, and has not worked on the Lumberjacks yet. However, that will not impact the preparation of video or at least a portion of the scouting work, which is handled by assistant coaches and other staff members.

Jaysean Paige reiterated Williams' points about watching film in order to prepare, but also touched on the mental aspect of what he and his teammates must do in order to be ready. Much of it is a "back to the basics" approach, grounded in taking shots, being conditioned and ready for whatever the Lumberjacks throw at them.

WVU will travel to New York on Wednesday and have a shootaround at the Barclays Center on Thursday as well as an offsite workout. The session will be open to the public and media, and will be prefaced by an interview session. BlueGoldNews.com will provide on-scene coverage of the entire weekend in Brooklyn.


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