Veterans Looking for Tournament Win

If ever there was a must win game for the Mountaineers, it is Wednesday's Big East Tournament game against Providence. With a win, the Mountaineers likely will find themselves on the right side of the bubble come Sunday around dinner time. A loss would probably mean a second consecutive trip to the NIT.

Truth be told, West Virginia probably would be in much better shape as far as the NCAA Tournament is concerned had it taken care of business on Saturday at Seton Hall.

"Coming off the Seton Hall loss, we have a lot of inspiration and motivation to get a victory," said junior center Kevin Pittsnogle.

Nevertheless, Kevin and his teammates head into Wednesday's game knowing that although they already own two wins over the Friars this season, the gritty group from Rhode Island isn't just going to lay down.

"They're playing real well. They have one or two guys that have been there before, and the rest of them are coming along," said Pittsnogle.

"We know it will be a hard game. I think Providence is a good team, the ball just hasn't fallen their way a couple of times," added senior forward Tyrone Sally.

The last time these two schools met in the Big East Tournament was two years ago, with the Friars winning a lopsided affair by the final of 73-50. Pittsnogle and Sally were both on that West Virginia team, but according to the big man that doesn't up the ante when it comes to motivation for Wednesday's game.

"I don't want to say that that's added motivation, because we beat them twice this year and kind of got that back," said Pittsnogle.

When the ball is tipped around 2:00 pm on Wednesday, you can bet the Mountaineers will be ready to play.

"We know they're going to come in hungry, and thinking that they have a chance to beat us. We just have to come in with the mentality that we want it more, and we deserve it more," said Sally. "We know everything's on the line, but we've got to go up there, have fun, and come out with a win."

Wins in the Big East Tournament have been hard to come by since the Blue and Gold joined the Big East Conference.

"We're going to change that this year, get a couple of wins to stay around and hang out for a little while," summed up a determined, but relaxed Pittsnogle.

No matter what, two days from now we'll know a lot more about the postseason destination for the Mountaineers.


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