After the win over then-No. 1 Baylor, the student section rushed the floor from all available sides as the players exchanged handshakes with the Bears. And while the Coliseum was undoubtedly louder in the second half of this game, owing to the game being far tighter, the celebration included very little court storming, and simply the playing of the fight song and "Take Me Home, Country Roads" as the players high-fived students on the way to the locker room. It was a brilliant display on the court, and a solid one off it as the Mountaineers took the advice of head coach Bob Huggins in acting like they had been there before.
In truth, of course, that isn't the case. The program had never defeated two top-ranked teams in a single season, which occurred this year if one factors the Coaches Poll, which had Kansas at No. 1. The Associated Press ranked Villanova No. 1. Still, it was a game that might have righted the season for the Mountaineers (16-4, 5-3), which had stumbled to a trio of league losses already and showed very little spirit or fight in each of their last three outings. That changed drastically against the Jayhawks (18-2, 7-1), who lost inside the WVU Coliseum for the fourth straight season while snapping an 18-game winning streak which dated to the second game of the season and a victory over then-No. 1 Duke.
"They hard enough about what our problems were," Huggins said. "I don't know why you have to go through what we have gone through the last week or so for it to sink in. We played pretty well."