Monday, January 8, 2018

#2m, by God!

The newest rankings of men's Division One basketball are out.

And West (by God!) Virginia is #2!!!

People from the Mountain State usually say "West (by God!) Virginia" when asked by folks outside Appalachia where they are from. I remember several people during my time at Harvard asking, "near Richmond or on the coast?" when I told them where I born and raised. No doubt they were all smart people (being at Harvard and all...) but had some strange geography deficit.

I didn't see the ocean until I was 12 since West (bG!) Virginia doesn't have any coast line.

Incidentally, that was the last time WVU was ranked as high as #2! It was Jerry West's senior year and WVU lost in the NCAA final game by one point to California (71-70).

That's a long time between being #2. But they are now.

In fact they are undefeated in the US (lost their first game to Texas A&M in Germany for goodness sake) but have come back to win 14 in a row. Saturday night they beat Oklahoma who was #7 and WVU was #6. Enough upsets above them and up they jumped this week.

Let's Go, Mountaineers!

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