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WVU will receive no worse than the No. 3 seed in the Big East tournament after their 67-62 win over Pitt in a game that was over well before it began.
We knew victory was secure roughly 5 minutes before the tipoff, when a lovely lass belted out a few bars of Das Lied Der Deutschen, the German national anthem.
Not surprisingly, Herr Herber had four 3-pointers in the opening minutes and the Mountaineers never trailed.
Credit also to Pittsnogle for making up for his ohfer the last time against Pitt with 26 against the Panthers, and to Gansey for a typically phenomenal floor game. The points weren't there and the legs may have left, but the heart and hustle never did.
Here's our question: Why can't anyone figure out the Big East's simple tiebreaker?
Here it is, cut and dried: West Virginia clinched no worse than the No. 3 seed in the Big East tourney. WVU holds the head-to-head tiebreakers with Georgetown (2-0) and Marquette (1-0) and the split with Pitt also gives the edge to WVU -- by virtue of the Mounties' win over Villanova, the highest-seeded team either WVU or Pitt defeated.
Two losses by Nova and a WVU win at Cincy, and the Mounties are the No. 2 seed.
Shame on the AP's Raby and shame on the P-G's Ray Pitt-ipaldo for fouling up the key stat of the game. P.M. update -- shame on Beckner for getting it wrong, too.
-- Pitt-ipaldo takes the pro-Panther angle, saying Pitt could neither defend the 3 nor take care of the ball, but also (incorrectly) writes that WVU "can secure third place and a first-round bye with a victory at Cincinnati Saturday." Wrong, Ray. As we already established, WVU took care of that already.
-- From the other bench, the P-G's Finder reports that Pittsnogle was motivated by newspaper clips reminding him how terrible he was in the Feb. 9 meeting.