I have mixed feelings about West Virginia. On one hand, they are the only team gracious enough to let Providence win a game in the BIG EAST tournament since I have been a fan over the last 10 years. However, it’s West Virginia. It’s easy to hate them even more, because PC can NEVER seem to win when they travel to Morgantown, WV. Sure the Mountaineers have had some really great offensive teams over the past several years, and its always hard to win on the road in the BIG EAST — But those are not the real reasons. I have finally uncovered why Providence has such trouble playing there (they are 1-7 lifetime there, last winning in ‘99).
A few years ago, a few friends of mine who are big Rutgers fans went down to Morgantown to watch a big RU-WVU football game. Leading up until the game, the big joke was the “hotel” they were planning on staying at. This early 2000 designed website for the hotel was pure comedy gold.
Friend’s INN [friendsinn.com]
Just WOW. Crappy animated graphics? Check. Numerous spelling errors? Check.
Um, tha nk you?
“The Best Value in Loadging…..At the Best Location in Morgantown”
What the fuck is loadging? Sleeping in the bathtub for fear of even going near the bed sheets?
And boy is this chock full of unnecessary quotation marks (check out that blog, it’s great).
Also we do have several “Economy Suites” with a sofa couch
First of all, Sofa couch? So what’s with the quotes around Economy Suites? Are they not really economy? Are you being sarcastic towards your own rooms?
Well, at least it says the staff is friendly — And according to my friend who stayed there, “Even the roaches are friendly!”.
Obviously, this has little to do with how the Friars play here (unless they actually did stay there). In order to understand their poor play, you just have to check out the “Attractions in Town” section on the website. “Attractions” should definitely have quotation marks there, because here is a small sampling.
- West Virginia University Hospitals (this is listed first by the way)
- All kinds of WVU campus shit
- Glass Factory Tours
- Bertek Pharmaceuticals
- Mon General Hospital
- Robert C. Byrd Health Science Center
Can you really blame the Friars for being distracted when they come down there? It’s like fucking Vegas or New Orleans!
Tim Welsh: “Has anyone seen Weyinmi?”
Geoff McDermott: “Sorry coach, he was doing a tour of the glass factory, and cut his hand after falling into some shards of broken glass. Good thing there are plenty of hospitals around! Maybe Xavier can pick him up, since he was doing a tour of the hospital.”
Jonathan Kale: “Well I found out today that Bertek Pharmaceuticals is working a treatment to heal glass wounds.”
It’s no wonder PC hasn’t won a game there in 10 years.
GAMBLING AND PREDICTIONS
Spread: WV -10.5 [vegasinsider.com]
Ken Pomeroy: WV Win, 81-66 (91% confidence)
AROUND THE WEB
Friars.com Gamenotes [pdf]
The Friars have posted an 11-13 mark all-time versus the Mountaineers. The Friars are 7-3 at home, 1-7 on the road and 3-3 on neutral courts all-time against West Virginia. The two teams first met on March 8, 1965 with the Friars earning a 91-67 win at the Palestra in Philadelphia, Pa. Last season, the Friars posted a 0-3 mark versus the Mountaineers. The Mountaineers have won the last four games between the two teams. PC’s last win over West Virginia was a 64-61 victory on February 20, 2007 in Providence. PC’s only win at West Virginia was a 77-68 victory on February 3, 1999.
Projo Hoops Blog: Kevin McNamara Audio Preview
Projo.com: For PC, staying fresh is a challenge during season’s dog days
This may be the most important time of the season for Efejuku, the Friars and the rest of the college basketball teams still clinging to hopes of playing in March’s NCAA Tournament but it is also the dog days of the schedule, too. This is the time of year when bumps, bruises, twists and sprains become vital. Miss a key game and your team could lose a close one. Fight through the pain and you may just help win a critical game.
Projo.com: Capsule preview: PC at West Virginia
MSNsportsNET: Providence Preview
Two teams searching for league victories will hook up Saturday when West Virginia plays host to Providence in a 4 pm Big East matchup at the WVU Coliseum.
TimesWV.com: “WVU men hope to rebound”
The West Virginia University men’s basketball team hopes to avert a third straight loss in Saturday afternoon’s Big East game against Providence at the Coliseum.
The Mountaineers haven’t dropped three in a row since Bob Huggins took over the reins in 2007-08, and that’s one of numerous things in which they take considerable pride. He probably does, too.
WVMetroNews: Experience Comes to Motown
The Providence Friars (14-8, 6-4 Big East) come to Morgantown after losing consecutive games and having allowed ninety-plus points to their last four opponents. While the Mountaineers (15-7, 4-5 Big East) beat the Friars three times last year, this year’s Providence team is much improved comes in sixth in the Big East Standings.