2009–10 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team

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2009–10 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball
West Virginia Flying WV logo.svg
Big East Tournament Champions
76 Classic Champions
NCAA, (#2 Seed) East Region Champions(Final Four)
Conference Big East
Ranking
Coaches #3
AP #6
2009–10 record 31–7 (13–5 Big East)
Head coach Bob Huggins
Assistant coach Billy Hahn
Assistant coach Larry Harrison
Assistant coach Erik Martin
Home arena WVU Coliseum
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#4 Syracuse 15 3   .833     30 5   .857
#6 West Virginia 13 5   .722     31 7   .816
#9 Villanova 13 5   .722     25 8   .758
#18 Pittsburgh 13 5   .722     25 9   .735
Marquette 11 7   .611     22 12   .647
Louisville 11 7   .611     20 13   .606
#14 Georgetown 10 8   .556     23 11   .676
Notre Dame 10 8   .556     23 12   .657
South Florida 9 9   .500     20 13   .606
Seton Hall 9 9   .500     19 13   .594
Cincinnati 7 11   .389     19 16   .543
Connecticut 7 11   .389     18 16   .529
St. John's 6 12   .333     17 16   .515
Rutgers 5 13   .278     15 17   .469
Providence 4 14   .222     12 19   .387
DePaul 1 17   .056     8 23   .258
2010 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 3, 2010[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team represented West Virginia University in the 2009-10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were coached by Bob Huggins and played their home games at the WVU Coliseum. The team captured the first Big East Tournament Championship in school history. They won the East Region to advance to the second Final Four in school history, where they lost in the national semi-finals to eventual National Champion Duke, 78-57. The team finished #3 in the final Coaches Poll with a record of 31-7, setting the record for most wins in school history.

Preseason[edit]

Recruiting[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Casey Mitchell
SG
Savannah, GA Chipola College (FL) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Mar 9, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: N/A
Dan Jennings
PF
Staten Island, NY St. Thomas More School (CT) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 260 lb (120 kg) Jul 19, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Deniz Kılıçlı
C
Istanbul, Turkey Mountain State (WV) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 248 lb (112 kg) Oct 14, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93
Dalton Pepper
SG
Levittown, PA Pennsbury High School (PA) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jul 19, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

Name Number Position Height Weight Year Hometown
Darryl Bryant 25 G 6–2 200 Sophomore Brooklyn, New York
Da'Sean Butler 1 F 6–7 230 Senior Newark, New Jersey
Devin Ebanks 3 F 6–9 215 Sophomore Long Island City, New York
John Flowers 41 F 6–7 215 Junior Waldorf, Maryland
Danny Jennings 30 F 6–8 260 Freshman Staten Island, New York
Kevin Jones 5 F 6–8 230 Sophomore Mount Vernon, New York
Deniz Kılıçlı 42 F 6–9 260 Freshman Istanbul, Turkey
Bryan Lowther 15 G 6–6 215 Freshman Edinboro, Pennsylvania
Joe Mazzulla 21 G 6–2 200 Redshirt-Junior Johnston, Rhode Island
Casey Mitchell 33 G 6–4 225 Junior Savannah, Georgia
Cam Payne 20 G 6–4 225 Redshirt-Sophomore Charleston, West Virginia
Dalton Pepper 32 G 6–5 215 Freshman Levittown, Pennsylvania
Kenny Ross 12 G 6–0 175 Freshman Furlong, Pennsylvania
Wellington Smith 35 F 6–7 245 Senior Summit, New Jersey
Cam Thoroughman 2 F 6–7 240 Redshirt-Junior Portsmouth, Ohio
Jonnie West 4 G 6–3 195 Redshirt-Junior Memphis, Tennessee

2009–10 Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
November 5, 2009* 7:00 PM Charleston #7 WVU Coliseum • Morgantown, WV W 81–48   
November 8, 2009* 1:00 PM Mountain State #8 WVU ColiseumMorgantown, WV W 104–82   
Regular Season
November 15, 2009* 4:00 PM Loyola (MD) #8 WVU Coliseum • Morgantown, WV W 83–60  8,316 1–0
November 24, 2009* 7:00 PM vs. The Citadel #8 Charleston Civic CenterCharleston, WV W 69–50  12,348 2–0
November 26, 2009* 2:00 PM vs. Long Beach State #8 Anaheim Convention CenterAnaheim, CA
(76 Classic)
ESPNU W 85–62  2,117 3–0
November 27, 2009* 2:30 PM vs. Texas A&M #8 Anaheim Convention Center • Anaheim, CA
(76 Classic)
ESPN W 73–66  2,067 4–0
November 29, 2009* 10:00 PM vs. Portland #8 Anaheim Convention Center • Anaheim, CA
(76 Classic Championship Game)
ESPN2 W 84–66  2,057 5–0
December 9, 2009* 7:00 PM Duquesne #6 WVU Coliseum • Morgantown, WV Big East Network W 68–39  9,835 6–0
December 12, 2009* 7:00 PM Coppin State #6 WVU Coliseum • Morgantown, WV Big East Network W 69–43  10,121 7–0
December 19, 2009* 2:00 PM at Cleveland State #6 Wolstein CenterCleveland, OH Big East Network W 80–78  5,105 8–0
December 23, 2009* 7:30 PM #15 Mississippi #6 WVU Coliseum • Morgantown, WV ESPN2 W 76–66  11,139 9–0
December 26, 2009 3:30 PM at Seton Hall #6 Prudential CenterNewark, NJ CBS W 90–84 OT 9,800 10–0 (1–0)
December 29, 2009 7:00 PM Marquette #6 WVU Coliseum • Morgantown, WV Big East Network W 63–62  12,872 11–0 (2–0)
January 1, 2010* 2:30 PM at #4 Purdue #6 Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN ESPN L 77–62  14,123 11–1 (2–0)
January 6, 2010 7:00 PM Rutgers #8 WVU Coliseum • Morgantown, WV Big East Network W 86–52  9,586 12–1 (3–0)
January 9, 2010 8:00 PM at Notre Dame #8 Edmund P. Joyce CenterSouth Bend, IN ESPNU L 70–68  9,149 12–2 (3–1)
January 13, 2010 7:00 PM at South Florida #10 USF Sun DomeTampa, FL Big East Network W 69–50  6,110 13–2 (4–1)
January 16, 2010 12:00 PM #5 Syracuse #10 WVU Coliseum • Morgantown, WV ESPN L 72–71  15,271 13–3 (4–2)
January 20, 2010* 9:00 PM vs. Marshall #11 Charleston Civic Center • Charleston, WV
(Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic)
W 68–60  12,380 14–3 (4–2)
January 23, 2010* 2:00 PM #21 Ohio State #11 WVU Coliseum • Morgantown, WV CBS W 71–65  15,033 15–3 (4–2)
January 26, 2010 8:30 PM at DePaul #9 Allstate ArenaRosemont, IL Big East Network W 62–46  8,498 16–3 (5–2)
January 30, 2010 12:00 PM Louisville #9 WVU Coliseum • Morgantown, WV ESPN W 77–74  12,471 17–3 (6–2)
February 3, 2010 7:00 PM #22 Pittsburgh #6 WVU Coliseum • Morgantown, WV
(Backyard Brawl)
Big East Network W 70–51  15,419 18–3 (7–2)
February 6, 2010 12:00 PM at St. John's #6 Madison Square GardenNew York, NY ESPNU W 79–60  6,157 19–3 (8–2)
February 8, 2010 7:00 PM #4 Villanova #5 WVU Coliseum • Morgantown, WV ESPN L 82–75  15,593 19–4 (8–3)
February 12, 2010 9:00 PM at #25 Pittsburgh #5 Petersen Events CenterPittsburgh, PA
(Backyard Brawl)
ESPN L 98–95 3OT 12,902 19–5 (8–4)
February 17, 2010 7:00 PM at Providence #8 Dunkin' Donuts CenterProvidence, RI Big East Network W 88–74  8,553 20–5 (9–4)
February 20, 2010 12:00 PM Seton Hall #8 WVU Coliseum • Morgantown, WV ESPN W 75–63  11,816 21–5 (10–4)
February 22, 2010 7:00 PM at Connecticut #8 XL CenterHartford, CT ESPN L 73–62  15,082 21–6 (10–5)
February 27, 2010 2:00 PM Cincinnati #8 WVU Coliseum • Morgantown, WV Big East Network W 74–68  12,598 22–6 (11–5)
March 1, 2010 7:00 PM #19 Georgetown #10 WVU Coliseum • Morgantown, WV ESPN W 81–68  13,211 23–6 (12–5)
March 6, 2010 12:00 PM at #9 Villanova #10 Wachovia CenterPhiladelphia, PA CBS W 68–66 OT 20,225 24–6 (13–5)
Big East Men's Basketball Championship
March 11, 2010 9:30 PM vs. Cincinnati #7 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Quarterfinals)
ESPN W 54–51  19,375 25–6
March 12, 2010 9:30 PM vs. Notre Dame #7 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Semifinals)
ESPN W 53–51  19,375 26–6
March 13, 2010 9:00 PM vs. #22 Georgetown #7 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Championship)
ESPN W 60–58  19,375 27–6
2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
March 19, 2010* 12:15 PM vs. Morgan State #6 HSBC ArenaBuffalo, NY
(First Round)
CBS W 77–50  18,653 28–6
March 21, 2010* 2:40 PM vs. Missouri #6 HSBC Arena • Buffalo, NY
(Second Round)
CBS W 68–59  18,934 29–6
March 25, 2010* 7:27 PM vs. Washington #6 Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY
(Sweet Sixteen)
CBS W 69–56  22,271 30–6
March 27, 2010* 7:05 PM vs. #2 Kentucky #6 Carrier Dome • Syracuse, NY
(Elite Eight)
CBS W 73–66  22,497 31–6
April 3, 2010* 8:47 PM vs. #3 Duke #6 Lucas Oil StadiumIndianapolis, IN
(Final Four)
CBS L 78–57  71,298 31–7
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big East Conference Standings - 2009-10." ESPN.com. Retrieved 03-25-10.