Last Ten: 5-5.
The Skinny: The defending Big East tournament champs were bounced by Marquette in their first game at Madison Square Garden last week. The reason? They couldn’t hit a jumpshot. West Virginia has struggled with inconsistency all year, which Huggins lamented in New York City.
Birmingham, Ala., 22-8.
Nickname: Blazers. Coach: Mike Davis.
Conference: Conference USA. Bid: At large.
Region: East. Seed: No. 12.
Tournament Record: 9-13, 13 years. Last appearance: 2006.
Scoring: Team (68.9); Jamarr Sanders 17.7; Cameron Moore 14.3; Aaron Johnson 12.0; Ovio Soko 9.2.
Rebounds: Team (36.0); Cameron Moore 9.4; Ovio Soko 5.9; Jamarr Sanders 4.6.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.7/12.3); Aaron Johnson 7.7/3.5; Jamarr Sanders 1.9/2.8.
3-pointers: Team (.337); Jamarr Sanders 85; Dexter Fields 53.
Last Ten: 7-3.
The Skinny: The Blazers were sweating it out after getting stunned by East Carolina _ the same team it had beaten by 18 points five days earlier _ in the Conference USA tournament. Many critics disagreed with putting them in the field. Talk about having something to prove.