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 Tournament, East Region Champions
(Final Four)
Conference Big East
Ranking
Coaches No. 3
AP No. 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 Home town 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, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
November 5, 2009*
7:00 PM
No. 8 Charleston W 81–48 
WVU Coliseum 
Morgantown, WV
November 8, 2009*
1:00 PM
No. 8 Mountain State W 104–82 
WVU Coliseum 
Morgantown, WV
Regular Season
November 15, 2009*
4:00 PM
No. 8 Loyola (MD) W 83–60  1–0
WVU Coliseum (8,316)
Morgantown, WV
November 24, 2009*
7:00 PM
No. 8 vs. The Citadel W 69–50  2–0
Charleston Civic Center (12,348)
Charleston, WV
November 26, 2009*
2:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 8 vs. Long Beach State
76 Classic
W 85–62  3–0
Anaheim Convention Center (2,117)
Anaheim, CA
November 27, 2009*
2:30 PM, ESPN
No. 8 vs. Texas A&M
76 Classic
W 73–66  4–0
Anaheim Convention Center (2,067)
Anaheim, CA
November 29, 2009*
10:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 8 vs. Portland
76 Classic Championship Game
W 84–66  5–0
Anaheim Convention Center (2,057)
Anaheim, CA
December 9, 2009*
7:00 PM, Big East Network
No. 6 Duquesne W 68–39  6–0
WVU Coliseum (9,835)
Morgantown, WV
December 12, 2009*
7:00 PM, Big East Network
No. 6 Coppin State W 69–43  7–0
WVU Coliseum (10,121)
Morgantown, WV
December 19, 2009*
2:00 PM, Big East Network
No. 6 at Cleveland State W 80–78  8–0
Wolstein Center (5,105)
Cleveland, OH
December 23, 2009*
7:30 PM, ESPN2
No. 6 No. 15 Mississippi W 76–66  9–0
WVU Coliseum (11,139)
Morgantown, WV
December 26, 2009
3:30 PM, CBS
No. 6 at Seton Hall W 90–84 OT 10–0
(1–0)
Prudential Center (9,800)
Newark, NJ
December 29, 2009
7:00 PM, Big East Network
No. 6 Marquette W 63–62  11–0
(2–0)
WVU Coliseum (12,872)
Morgantown, WV
January 1, 2010*
2:30 PM, ESPN
No. 6 at No. 4 Purdue L 77–62  11–1
(2–0)
Mackey Arena (14,123)
West Lafayette, IN
January 6, 2010
7:00 PM, Big East Network
No. 8 Rutgers W 86–52  12–1
(3–0)
WVU Coliseum (9,586)
Morgantown, WV
January 9, 2010
8:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 8 at Notre Dame L 70–68  12–2
(3–1)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (9,149)
South Bend, IN
January 13, 2010
7:00 PM, Big East Network
No. 10 at South Florida W 69–50  13–2
(4–1)
USF Sun Dome (6,110)
Tampa, FL
January 16, 2010
12:00 PM, ESPN
No. 10 No. 5 Syracuse L 72–71  13–3
(4–2)
WVU Coliseum (15,271)
Morgantown, WV
January 20, 2010*
9:00 PM
No. 11 vs. Marshall
Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic
W 68–60  14–3
(4–2)
Charleston Civic Center (12,380)
Charleston, WV
January 23, 2010*
2:00 PM, CBS
No. 11 No. 21 Ohio State W 71–65  15–3
(4–2)
WVU Coliseum (15,033)
Morgantown, WV
January 26, 2010
8:30 PM, Big East Network
No. 9 at DePaul W 62–46  16–3
(5–2)
Allstate Arena (8,498)
Rosemont, IL
January 30, 2010
12:00 PM, ESPN
No. 9 Louisville W 77–74  17–3
(6–2)
WVU Coliseum (12,471)
Morgantown, WV
February 3, 2010
7:00 PM, Big East Network
No. 6 No. 22 Pittsburgh
Backyard Brawl
W 70–51  18–3
(7–2)
WVU Coliseum (15,419)
Morgantown, WV
February 6, 2010
12:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 6 at St. John's W 79–60  19–3
(8–2)
Madison Square Garden (6,157)
New York, NY
February 8, 2010
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 5 No. 4 Villanova L 82–75  19–4
(8–3)
WVU Coliseum (15,593)
Morgantown, WV
February 12, 2010
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 5 at No. 25 Pittsburgh
Backyard Brawl
L 98–95 3OT 19–5
(8–4)
Petersen Events Center (12,902)
Pittsburgh, PA
February 17, 2010
7:00 PM, Big East Network
No. 8 at Providence W 88–74  20–5
(9–4)
Dunkin' Donuts Center (8,553)
Providence, RI
February 20, 2010
12:00 PM, ESPN
No. 8 Seton Hall W 75–63  21–5
(10–4)
WVU Coliseum (11,816)
Morgantown, WV
February 22, 2010
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 8 at Connecticut L 73–62  21–6
(10–5)
XL Center (15,082)
Hartford, CT
February 27, 2010
2:00 PM, Big East Network
No. 8 Cincinnati W 74–68  22–6
(11–5)
WVU Coliseum (12,598)
Morgantown, WV
March 1, 2010
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 10 No. 19 Georgetown W 81–68  23–6
(12–5)
WVU Coliseum (13,211)
Morgantown, WV
March 6, 2010
12:00 PM, CBS
No. 10 at No. 9 Villanova W 68–66 OT 24–6
(13–5)
Wachovia Center (20,225)
Philadelphia, PA
Big East Men's Basketball Championship
March 11, 2010
9:30 PM, ESPN
No. 7 vs. Cincinnati
Quarterfinals
W 54–51  25–6
Madison Square Garden (19,375)
New York, NY
March 12, 2010
9:30 PM, ESPN
No. 7 vs. Notre Dame
Semifinals
W 53–51  26–6
Madison Square Garden (19,375)
New York, NY
March 13, 2010
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 7 vs. No. 22 Georgetown
Championship
W 60–58  27–6
Madison Square Garden (19,375)
New York, NY
2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
March 19, 2010*
12:15 PM, CBS
No. 6 vs. Morgan State
First Round
W 77–50  28–6
HSBC Arena (18,653)
Buffalo, NY
March 21, 2010*
2:40 PM, CBS
No. 6 vs. Missouri
Second Round
W 68–59  29–6
HSBC Arena (18,934)
Buffalo, NY
March 25, 2010*
7:27 PM, CBS
No. 6 vs. Washington
Sweet Sixteen
W 69–56  30–6
Carrier Dome (22,271)
Syracuse, NY
March 27, 2010*
7:05 PM, CBS
No. 6 vs. No. 2 Kentucky
Elite Eight
W 73–66  31–6
Carrier Dome (22,497)
Syracuse, NY
April 3, 2010*
8:47 PM, CBS
No. 6 vs. No. 3 Duke
Final Four
L 78–57  31–7
Lucas Oil Stadium (71,298)
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

References[edit]

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