Two Seed Doesn't Dampen Tourney Success

Fresh off of winning the first Big East championship in school history, the West Virginia men's basketball team returned to Morgantown on Sunday afternoon to find out where they would be placed in the NCAA tournament.

Despite receiving a No. 2 seeding in the East region, the highest seeding in school history, the Mountaineers admitted to being disappointed in not getting the No. 1 seed after all of the buzz following their Saturday night victory.

"I thought it would be cool if we got the one seed and everyone recognized what we did as a team," said senior forward and Big East tournament MVP Da'Sean Butler. "Granted, we may not have won every single game but we were recognized for what we did. We didn't get it but it's not that big of a deal. Now we have to prove that we should have been a one seed."

Although a No. 1 seed would have been monumental for the Mountaineers, sophomore forward Devin Ebanks wasn't surprised when the selection committee chose to give Duke the seed over West Virginia.

"I'm not disappointed at all," said Ebanks. "We kind of figured we weren't going to get it. Duke had a nice run this year and we figured they would probably get that last bid. I like the way the bracket is set up for us for the tournament."

Despite the disappointment, the players were still reflecting on their big victory over Georgetown on Saturday night.

"It was like a dream," said Butler. "I can't really explain it. Just to win the whole thing and see my teammates and see how happy they were and how happy coach was and how excited he was. It was great to see all the fans and how happy they were and to hear about how crazy things were here. It was pretty much a dream come true."

Sophomore forward Kevin Jones agreed.

"It was unreal," said Jones. "When the buzzer sounded, I couldn't believe it. I'm still feeling the effects. We're going to go back to work tomorrow and work on our new goals. "We are [on cloud nine] for the moment. We can't be on there too long. We still have a lot of business to take care of. This is step one right now and hopefully it leads to a national championship."

Butler collected national recognition for his buzzer-beating shots and late-game heroics, along with the tournament MVP trophy, but he was most pleased with what he learned about his team in New York.

"[The Big East tournament] was an eye opener for me and for my team," said Butler. "[It showed] how well we can do if we take care of business and focus. It showed what we can do when we fight, especially the way we fought [against Georgetown]."

West Virginia has five days to prepare for their next fight when they take on No. 15 seeded Morgan State on Friday afternoon in Buffalo, N.Y.. After last year's performance in the NCAA tournament , in which the Mountaineers lost to Dayton in the first round, the team is making sure not to overlook any of their competition.

"I looked at the brackets when they came out," said Ebanks. "I was looking at the teams that are in our bracket. It's set up nice for us to make a nice little run. There are teams we should be able to beat. But right now, we need to just be focused on Morgan State."


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