Two Seed For WVU

West Virginia's Big East championship wasn't quite enough to earn a number one seed in the NCAA tournament, but the Mountaineers certainly can't be disappointed with a number two seed and a date close to home in the opening round of the Big Dance.

West Virginia, earning its highest seed ever since the current process has been used to select and slot the teams, will face Morgan State on Friday in Buffalo, N.Y. in the East Region. This will be the second meeting ever between WVU (27-6) and the Bears (27-9). The first came in 1995, when WVU hosted and defeated Morgan St. by the score of 108-80.

Dan Guerrero, chair of the NCAA Selection Committee, said that West Virginia was seriously considered for a number one seed, and that it had an excellent season along with the other four schools that were ultimately picked for those spots (Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and Syracuse). However, despite winning the Big East conference tournament, the Mountaineers weren't able to break into one of the top four slots.

Should West Virginia win, it would face the winner of #7 Clemson and #10 Missouri. That game would take place in Buffalo on Sunday.

Looking further down the road, WVU would again travel to New York for the Sweet 16, should it advance that far. Syracuse is the host site for the East regional.

West Virginia is one of eight Big East teams to make the NCAA tournament, again demonstrating the league's strength. The Big XII was next with seven bids.

Kentucky is the #1 seed in the East Region. New Mexico (three) and Wisconsin (four) hold down the other top spots in the region.

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