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West Virginia's very bad final possession gets Yakety Sax treatment

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"The 7" 0' freshman has been hot this tournament.

On the next play, West Virginia missed a jumper, Gonzaga got the rebound and Miles fouled to stop the clock.

Same with 11-seed Xavier's triumph over 2-seed Arizona. "One, they do a great job of scouting, so they know what you're going to do".

Despite shooting 26.7 percent for the game, West Virginia stayed close and took a 58-55 lead on a 3-pointer by Carter with 1:47 to play.

At that point, the Mountaineers were hopeless.

But Jevon Carter missed two 3-pointers in the final seconds and the Mountaineers failed to get a third attempt off in time. Bob Huggins' West Virginia Mountaineers are a Sweet 16 team once again without a roster of heralded recruits, thanks in large part to their relentless full-court pressure defense. And OK, the selection committee also granted Gonzaga a No. 1 seed in the West, ahead of the prestigious Arizona program.

The reason I liked Gonzaga coming into the tourney was their versatility.

"They make it very helter skelter, they deny all your passes", said Bulldogs guard Nigel Williams-Goss.

This is going to be a stressful one, but here is to hoping our lovely Zags end up on top. The Polish-born Karnowski and Johnathan Williams also scored 13 apiece.

It will be up to the GU defense to slow down the WV offense that is 25th in the country in offensive efficiency according to KenPom.

And it's not like they've faced premier defenses this season.

"All the games we play early in the season on the road kind of harden you a little bit", Mazey said. There was no one on the Zags' non-conference schedule, much less its WCC schedule, that applied heat like the Mountaineers did.

In my prediction last week, I said Bluiett would fall back to Earth against AZ's defense. Phillip scored 28 points on the opening weekend of the tournament. Adrian appeared to have a wide-open layup that would have extended the Mountaineers' lead to three, but Josh Perkins soared in from behind for a huge blocked shot.

TURNAROUND TIME: Xavier's season fell off the rails with a six-game losing streak starting in February.

What happened? My guess: magic water. I thought it was a fair game.

That was a key to success for Iowa State in the Big 12 Tournament championship game. "We had shots (during the game)". They're a very hard team to officiate, and we are, too. The teams met in this round in 2015 with the Wildcats winning 68-60. I should have drove it to the basket, but knowing it was a 3-point game, I tried to go for the 3, since I'd been hitting. When Carter turns down the screens and goes right, Adrian screens for his fellow screener before popping out to the 3-point line.

Obviously, the Zags present a whole new set of challenges. All year long, I felt this is bigger than me, this is bigger than this team. And we were excited and giddy and felt like we were playing with house money.

And they limit you to one shot.

There have been two Elite Eight runs, in 1999 and 2015; and five Sweet 16s, the most recent coming past year.

The Irish closed to within 32-29 but didn't get closer. This team checks off all the boxes. The Cyclones let Carter score 18 points on 4 of 8 shooting behind the 3-point arc, Bbut no other West Virginia player had more than 10 in the 80-74 loss.

Plus, Bluiett has to fall back to Earth eventually.

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