Shorthanded Mountaineers Destroyed By Jayhawks

Shorthanded Mountaineers Destroyed By Jayhawks


West Virginia’s lineup may have been different, but the outcome wasn’t, as WVU was hammered on the road again, this time at Kansas, 78-53.

The loss at Allen Fieldhouse Saturday dropped the Mountaineers to 10-15 on the season and 2-10 in Big 12 action. Meanwhile the win was the third straight for KU, which is now 20-6 overall and 9-4 in the league as the Jayhawks are fighting for at least a share of their 15th straight Big 12 title.

WVU has now lost 11 of its last 13 games.

West Virginia guard Chase Harler lines up a three

None of what transpired in Lawrence should have come as a surprise. After all, West Virginia’s four previous road games had each resulted in defeats by at least 17 points. Three of those were by more than 25. Now add yet another blowout loss to that list.

Add into that the dismissals this week of starting forwards Esa Ahmad and Wes Harris, as well as the continued injuries to veterans Beetle Bolden and Sagaba Konate, and WVU head coach Bob Huggins used yet another different starting lineup Saturday. Without Ahmad and Harris, Mountaineer freshman forward Emmitt Matthews got the first start of his college career. Every player on West Virginia’s roster this season has now started at least one game other than freshman guard Trey Doomes.

The new Mountaineer lineup gave the visitors a little spark for the first five minutes at Kansas, as WVU held a 7-6 lead after a Brandon Knapper three-pointer. But then things quickly went south for West Virginia, as KU took off on a 21-2 run over the next nine minutes. The Mountaineers never got within 15 again. By halftime the Jayhawk lead had grown to 43-16 and the home team cruised through the second half en route to their seventh straight victory over WVU at Allen Fieldhouse. West Virginia does have a 5-2 record of Kansas in Morgantown, including a 65-64 victory over KU earlier this season.

Chase Harler and Lamont West were the only Mountaineers to reach the double figures in the scoring column, as they each had 11. Freshman center Derek Culver was limited to nine points, but he did have 12 rebounds. Five different Jayhawks scored 10 or more with Devon Dotson and K.J. Dawson leading the way with 15 each.

WVU turned the ball over 24 times and made just 20-of-59 field goal attempts. Meanwhile Kansas converted 28-of-53 from the floor and 8-of-20 from three.

The Mountaineers return home for their next game, as they host Kansas State (19-5/9-2) Monday at 9 p.m.

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  • #83165

    Shorthanded Mountaineers Destroyed By Jayhawks West Virginia’s lineup may have been different, but the outcome wasn’t, as WVU was hammered on the road
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    #83168

    Self was a gentleman, could have been far worse.

    Do not recall ever being this disengaged from WV basketball going back to 1980.

    #83172

    Same here.  Didn’t really get into the game in the 1st half.  Left to pick up dinner at half time.  Came back to the game at about 5 to go but really didn’t get into it.

    #83178

    Catlett’s last year.

    #83182

    Catlett’s last year.

    That was my freshman year. I’m just waiting for Huggins to name a family member interim coach at any moment.

    #83183

    Amazing that Catlett thought that ploy would work.

    then again with the leadership in place at the time…

    #83184

    Self was a gentleman, could have been far worse. Do not recall ever being this disengaged from WV basketball going back to 1980.

    This is the worse team I’ve witnessed in at least 22 years.

    #83199

    Same here. Didn’t really get into the game in the 1st half. Left to pick up dinner at half time. Came back to the game at about 5 to go but really didn’t get into it.

    As long as you got a good dinner…

    #83200

    Been thinking about this. Is it worse that Catlett’s last year? In that one, I didn’t think there was any effort at all. This year, there are at least some guys trying. But the results might be even worse.

    Follow along with us as we cover rifle!

     

    #83201

    Catlett’s last year was worse.  The team just gave up. (I recall that one creative smartass on the message board started up a “WVU basketball futility haiku contest” where we could compose haiku to express our feelings of despair.  It was rather clever, I thought). Anyway, Catlett gave up and abandoned his team.  Unlike most folks I thought Catlett was a pretty good coach, but simply abandoning his team and going into hiding tarnished his legacy forever.  Huggins is recruiting like crazy, so he hasn’t given up.  Plus, there is some reason for hope.  Culver will be back, and if Oscar is as good as advertised, the front line could be awesome.  Beetle can definitely contribute if he stays healthy and he won’t have to carry the offense on his shoulders next season.  McCabe seems like the kind of guy who is going to work to get better.  He’s not a pouter.  Not predicting an NCAA team next year, but we will be competitive again, assuming the basketball gods will give us a break on injuries.  After Catlett’s departure, Beilein’s first two teams gradually improved and played pretty good ball.  Huggs is more than capable of doing anything Beilein can do (and Beilein is very good).   I will, however, be very happy to see this season end.  It hurts. I feel bad for all who are involved.  These brutal beat-downs are painful to watch.

    #83208

    The team this year just does not think. They don’t see what’s in front of them. They throw soft volleyball passes. On defense they have no idea who they are guarding. They don’t understand the man to man defense that when you are screened you have to switch who you defend. Sure it might be a mismatch but you need to at least attempt to play defense.

    The opponents know they can spread our guys out leaving the middle of the court open. If we go in to double team our defense is so far away that the kick back leaves the shooter wide open. it’s to late in the year for these guys to improve enough to win. So Huggins will use these remaining games as a teaching tool on how to correct mistakes.

    You would think these guys will remember these beat down’s next year, work harder to improve and return the favor. Maybe they learn the lesson of extra hard work after games and practice will help you in the long run. You can’t have a chance to win if you don’t work hard at it.

    You can’t win the fight if you take a dive.

     

     

    #83210

    Going back to 50s …. worst Catlett as documented by others. …. Since Dec 1st we have lost 4 starters…. have never seen anything like that

    #83211

    Hunter, you headline should read:  Shorthanded Mountaineers Destroyed By  Shorthanded Jayhawks.

    #83213

    Meanwhile that huge white elephant is still sitting in the room.

    #83215

    What are you referencing Catfish?

    #83216

    Been thinking about this. Is it worse that Catlett’s last year? In that one, I didn’t think there was any effort at all. This year, there are at least some guys trying. But the results might be even worse. Follow along with us as we cover rifle!

    Got the BGN Magazine and paper copies yesterday.  Seemed ironic that there was a feature on Harris in the mag.   He was the feature for the 4 page spread on the BB team.

    Oh, Well.  Almost 40 pages on the FB team and recruiting was excellent.  As always, your coverage of the minor sports was good to see.  Nobody else takes the time to cover those sports.

    #83217

    Catfish ………  is that Sags?

    #83220

    Yes, but I gotta be honest here, the elephant I’m talking about sits on the stool on the sidelines.For all the praise he get’s for being a HOF coach and for all he has done for WV basketball with it’s second to none facilities, and for the good will he has brought to the university, I acknowledge all of that.But you gotta ask yourself why some of the best players in the country won’t come here.

    Let’s just put it this way, you guys are all over Catlett for his final years and how he didn’t own up to it.Yet, Huggins consistently get’s a pass? Some of the things I’ve seen this year from this team is just horrendous.Some of it I don’t know if I’ve ever seen it before.I understand down years that’s a given in sports but great coaches still keep it respectable because of developing young talent.This current crop of players are mediocre at best and that includes the “vets”. Recently,even in our good years we get bounced out of the NCAA by an inferior school in the first round.Maybe he needs to hand the reins over to someone with a younger perspective…..I know this won’t be received well.I just had to get it off my chest..let the meltdown begin!

    #83224

    Butlereer – I’ve been really happy with how the glossy version of the Blue & Gold News magazine have turned out the past couple of years. The full color looks great, and the content normally has been excellent. But the one gamble in doing articles for such a magazine is that we normally write those stories almost a month in advance of when that issue actually is mailed out. We had just enough time to make some additions with Neal Brown and Austin Kendall in this past issue, but unfortunately Wes Harris was the featured basketball player and by the time the issue was actually in the hands of our subscribers, it was very, very old news. That’s the way things go sometimes.

    #83230

    Also will say congrats on the magazine. Well done

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