Jay Williams & Seth Greenberg Provide Insights, Analysis And Memories Of Morgantown
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – ESPN analysts Jay Williams and Seth Greenberg take a look at No. 7 West Virginia’s match-up with Kentucky, including their keys to the game and how the young Wildcats will handle a raucous, sold out Coliseum.
Up first, Williams, who was a two-time consensus first-team All-American at Duke before being drafted with the second overall selection by the Chicago Bulls in the 2002 NBA Draft. Williams details how Kentucky could be affected by the pressure – both on the floor and off – and how the freshman-oriented Wildcats will be tested by the Mountaineers’ dogged, pit bull-like mentality. Williams also delves into the play of Sags Konate and how his rim protection and rebounding will loom large against a long, lengthy UK team.
Greenberg, who was an assistant at Pitt and the head coach at Virginia Tech from 2003-12, among other stops, talks about his experiences inside the Coliseum, including when the Panthers were recruiting Lester Rowe. Rowe, a WVU Sports Hall of Famer who played from 1982-85, was in Morgantown on a recruiting trip to watch the Mountaineers play Pitt.
As Greenberg tells it, West Virginia went on a run and Pitt was forced to call timeout. As they did, the Mountaineer mascot let the rifle rip right behind Pitt’s bench. Greenberg said he knew the Panthers had lost the recruiting battle when Rowe was standing up and cheering.
“We got beat on the court and off that night,” he said. Greenberg also details his days at Tech when facing WVU, and how he view the contest with Kentucky in a game in which rebounding and mental toughness will be paramount.