Player of the Game - UK

West Virginia's center recorded a double-double, but got little help from his teammates in an 80-66 loss to Kentucky.

Coming off the Texas game, in which he was held to nine points, Pittsnogle poured in 27 and added ten rebounds against Kentucky. The Wildcats had trouble guarding the 6-11 center inside and out, and with a bit more aggressiveness in the lane the West Virginia native could have threated the 35-point mark.

As it was, Pittsnogle helped power several WVU comebacks, but none were strong enough to climb out of the hole. He hit a high arcing three to cut UK's lead to three at 56-53, but that was as close as West Virginia could get the rest of the night.

Pittsnogle's 27 points tied a career high, set last year against Pitt, and his ten rebounds were his most every in a Mountaineer uniform, topping the nine he recorded against Syracuse in 2003.


  • For the first time in the short history of this item, there wasn't a deserving honoree or item of note to expand upon -- which might be newsworthy in itself. West Virginia's defense lacked its usual peskiness, and the offense sets were ragged and uneven for much of the night. With little of its trademark heady play, the Mountaineers trailed for most of the game, and could mount few serious threats to get back into the contest.

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