2008–09 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team

The 2008–09 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team represents West Virginia University in the 2008-09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team is coached by Bob Huggins and plays their home games in the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia.

2008–09 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball
West Virginia Mountaineers logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Round of 64
ConferenceBig East
2008–09 record23–12 (10–8 Big East)
Head coachBob Huggins
Assistant coaches
Home arenaWVU Coliseum
Seasons
2008–09 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 1 Louisville 16 2   .889     31 6   .838
No. 4 Pittsburgh 15 3   .833     31 5   .861
No. 5 Connecticut 15 3   .833     31 5   .861
No. 11 Villanova 13 5   .722     30 8   .789
No. 23 Marquette 12 6   .667     25 10   .714
No. 13 Syracuse 11 7   .611     28 10   .737
West Virginia 10 8   .556     23 12   .657
Providence 10 8   .556     19 14   .576
Notre Dame 8 10   .444     21 15   .583
Cincinnati 8 10   .444     18 14   .563
Seton Hall 7 11   .389     17 15   .531
Georgetown 7 11   .389     16 15   .516
St. John's 6 12   .333     16 18   .471
South Florida 4 14   .222     9 22   .290
Rutgers 2 16   .111     11 21   .344
DePaul 0 18   .000     9 24   .273
2009 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 4, 2009[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

Pre-SeasonEdit

During the offseason, the Mountaineers picked up four recruits who look to make an immediate impact in Morgantown. Devin Ebanks a 6-9, 205 pound forward from Oakdale, CT seems to be the Mountaineers #1 recruit, being ranked #11 on the Rivals.com Top 150 recruits. The Mountaineers also added Darryl "Truck" Bryant, a 6-2 190 pound guard from Brooklyn, NY, Kevin Jones, a 6-7 210 pound forward from Mount Vernon, NY, and Dee Proby a 6-9 250 pound forward from Angelina College in Lufkin, TX. West Virginia was picked to finish 9th in the Big East Pre-Season Coaches Poll.

RosterEdit

Name Number Position Height Weight Year Hometown
Darryl Bryant 25 G 6-2 200 Freshman Brooklyn, New York
Da'Sean Butler 1 F 6-7 225 Junior Newark, New Jersey
Devin Ebanks 3 F 6-9 205 Freshman Long Island City, New York
John Flowers 41 F 6-7 203 Sophomore Waldorf, Maryland
Kevin Jones 5 F 6-8 230 Freshman Mount Vernon, New York
Joe Mazzulla 21 G 6-2 205 Junior Johnston, Rhode Island
Cameron Payne 33 G 6-4 215 Redshirt-Freshman Charleston, West Virginia
Dee Proby 45 F 6-10 240 Junior Round Rock, Texas
Alex Ruoff 22 G 6-6 220 Senior Spring Hill, Florida
Wellington Smith 35 F 6-7 230 Junior Summit, New Jersey
Josh Sowards 20 F 6-7 215 Redshirt-Junior Scott Depot, West Virginia
Will Thomas 24 G 6-5 215 Sophomore East Cleveland, Ohio
Cam Thoroughman 2 F 6-7 225 Redshirt-Sophomore Portsmouth, Ohio
Jonnie West 4 G 6-3 187 Redshirt-Sophomore Memphis, Tennessee

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular Season
November 15, 2008*
7:00 PM
Elon W 92–47  1–0
WVU Coliseum (10,250)
Morgantown, WV
November 20, 2008*
7:00 PM
Longwood W 86–54  2–0
WVU Coliseum (6,917)
Morgantown, WV
November 25, 2008*
7:00 PM
vs. Delaware State
Las Vegas Invitational
W 76–42  3–0
Charleston Civic Center (10,434)
Charleston, WV
November 28, 2008*
9:00 PM, ESPN360
vs. Iowa
Las Vegas Invitational
W 87–68  4–0
Orleans Arena (5,000)
Las Vegas, NV
November 29, 2008*
10:30 PM, ESPN2
vs. Kentucky
Las Vegas Invitational Championship Game
L 43–54  4–1
Orleans Arena (5,500)
Las Vegas, NV
December 3, 2008*
9:00 PM, ESPN360
at Mississippi W 80–78  5–1
Tad Smith Coliseum (6,787)
Oxford, MS
December 6, 2008*
1:00 PM
Cleveland State W 53–43  6–1
WVU Coliseum (8,765)
Morgantown, WV
December 9, 2008*
7:00 PM, ESPN
vs. No. 23 Davidson
Jimmy V Classic
L 65–68  6–2
Madison Square Garden (14,675)
New York, NY
December 13, 2008*
7:00 PM
Duquesne W 68–63  7–2
A.J. Palumbo Center (3,487)
Pittsburgh, PA
December 20, 2008*
12:00 PM, ESPNU
Miami (OH) W 82–46  8–2
WVU Coliseum (8,980)
Morgantown, WV
December 23, 2008*
7:00 PM
Radford W 89–54  9–2
WVU Coliseum (7,064)
Morgantown, WV
December 27, 2008*
4:00 PM, CBS
at No. 15 Ohio State W 76–48  10–2
Value City Arena (19,049)
Columbus, OH
January 3, 2009
4:00 PM, ESPN360
at Seton Hall W 92–66  11–2
(1–0)
Prudential Center (8,127)
Newark, NJ
January 6, 2009
7:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 25 No. 5 Connecticut L 55–61  11–3
(1–1)
WVU Coliseum (13,920)
Morgantown, WV
January 10, 2009
12:00 PM, ESPN360
No. 25 at No. 18 Marquette L 53–75  11–4
(1–2)
Bradley Center (17,085)
Milwaukee, WI
January 14, 2009*
1:00 PM
vs. Marshall
Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic
W 87–76  12–4
Charleston Civic Center (12,580)
Charleston, WV
January 17, 2009
12:00 PM, ESPN360
South Florida W 62–59  13–4
(2–2)
WVU Coliseum (11,037)
Morgantown, WV
January 22, 2009
7:00 PM, ESPN
at No. 12 Georgetown W 75–58  14–4
(3–2)
Verizon Center (12,875)
Washington, D.C.
January 25, 2009
4:00 PM, ESPN360
No. 4 Pittsburgh
Backyard Brawl
L 67–79  14–5
(3–3)
WVU Coliseum (14,329)
Morgantown, WV
January 28, 2009
7:00 PM, ESPN360
St. John's W 75–52  15–5
(4–3)
WVU Coliseum (6,583)
Morgantown, WV
January 31, 2009
12:00 PM, ESPN360
at No. 7 Louisville L 63–69  15–6
(4–4)
Freedom Hall (19,416)
Louisville, KY
February 4, 2009
7:00 PM, ESPN
at No. 20 Syracuse L 61–74  15–7
(4–5)
Carrier Dome (21,069)
Syracuse, NY
February 7, 2009
4:00 PM, ESPN360
Providence W 86–59  16–7
(5–5)
WVU Coliseum (11,091)
Morgantown, WV
February 9, 2009
7:00 PM, ESPN
at No. 4 Pittsburgh
Backyard Brawl
L 59–70  16–8
(5–6)
Petersen Events Center (12,508)
Pittsburgh, PA
February 13, 2009
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 13 Villanova W 93–72  17–8
(6–6)
WVU Coliseum (12,513)
Morgantown, WV
February 18, 2009
7:00 PM, ESPN360
Notre Dame W 79–68  18–8
(7–6)
WVU Coliseum (13,126)
Morgantown, WV
February 22, 2009
3:00 PM, ESPN360
at Rutgers W 74–56  19–8
(8–6)
Louis Brown Athletic Center (5,281)
Piscataway, NJ
February 26, 2009
7:00 PM, ESPN
at Cincinnati L 61–65  19–9
(8–7)
Fifth Third Arena (11,332)
Cincinnati, OH
March 1, 2008
4:00 PM, ESPN360
at South Florida W 64–50  20–9
(9–7)
USF Sun Dome (5,082)
Tampa, FL
March 4, 2009
7:00 PM, ESPN360
DePaul W 82–63  21–9
(10–7)
WVU Coliseum (10,070)
Morgantown, WV
March 7, 2009
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 6 Louisville
ESPN College GameDay
L 59–62  21–10
(10–8)
WVU Coliseum (13,089)
Morgantown, WV
Big East Tournament
March 11, 2009
7:00 PM, ESPN
vs. Notre Dame
Second Round
W 74–62  22–10
Madison Square Garden (19,375)
New York, NY
March 12, 2009
7:00 PM, ESPN
vs. No. 2 Pittsburgh
Quarterfinals (Backyard Brawl)
W 74–60  23–10
Madison Square Garden (19,375)
New York, NY
March 13, 2009
9:30 PM, ESPN
vs. No. 18 Syracuse
Semifinals
L 69–74 OT 23–11
Madison Square Garden (19,375)
New York, NY
NCAA Tournament
March 20, 2009*
3:00 PM, CBS
vs. Dayton
1st Round
L 60–68  23–12
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (15,794)
Minneapolis, MN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP 25 NR Not released 
Coaches 22 NR

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Big East Conference Standings - 2008-09." ESPN.com. Retrieved 03-23-10.