West Virginia Screwed on Goaltending Play by Syracuse (Video)

Syracuse beat West Virginia 63-61 Saturday after getting a break on a missed call by the referees. West Virginia’s Truck Bryant bombed a three and missed in the final seconds, but Deniz Kilicli got the rebound and went up for the putback. His ball bounced off the backboard and was blocked by center Baye Moussa Keita. The referees did not call a goaltend like they should have, preserving Syracuse’s 63-61 lead. Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins is convinced they missed the call.

“Do I think it was? No. I know it was. I saw the replay,” Huggins said. “It’s hard. You’ve got 30 seconds and you’re trying to get them refocused and they’re all thinking about other things.”

Syracuse won 63-61 to improve to 22-1, but they probably should have gone to overtime for the game. They certainly are much weaker without Fab Melo in the lineup and caught a break Saturday.

West Virginia Misspells Danny Jennings’ Name on Jersey

How common is it for athletes in the national spotlight to have to play with misspelled names on their jerseys?  Pretty common if Sunday was any indication.  If we were talking intramural sports at the local middle school, it might not be as shocking — but we aren’t.  We already showed you a picture of Kevin Williams’ misspelled jersey on Sunday, and now SbB Live has pointed out that the same thing happened to West Virginia’s Danny Jennings.  Here’s a picture of Danny Jennings’ misspelled West Virginia jersey:

Are we missing something here?  This type of thing practically never happens, let alone twice in the same day.  Was Sunday National Piss Players Off by Spelling Their Names Wrong Day or something?  Let’s be serious, “Jennings” and “Williams” are not the most difficult names to spell.

West Virginia Players Mock Kentucky with John Wall Dance After Upset Win

West Virginia pulled off the unthinkable by beating top-seeded Kentucky in the East Regional finals on Saturday night. Because Kentucky was the favorite having lost just two games all season, the Mountaineers players were in an extra celebratory mood following the win. What better way to show off what you accomplished than by ridiculing your slayed opponent? As I learned via Diamond Leung at the College Basketball Nation Blog, some of the West Virginia players began mocking Kentucky by doing the John Wall Dance — a bicep flex and twist that the Kentucky freshman popularized. Luckily for us, The Big Lead found a video of the celebration for us to see. Here’s the video of the West Virginia players doing the John Wall dance and skip to the :45 mark for the fun:

Although I like to see players win and lose with class, I can understand why they want to celebrate an achievement. You just better make sure you can take it before you can dish it. That memo goes for LeBron James, Shawne Merriman, and LaDainian Tomlinson, amongst others.

West Virginia yuks it up all night long [College Basketball Nation Blog]
Da’Sean Butler and John Flowers of West Virginia Do the John Wall Dance After Beating Kentucky [The Big Lead]