The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Sports

January 17, 2010

Interest in WVU hoops has never been higher

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University season ticket sales for 2009-10 totaled 8,800.

That’s an all-time record for men’s basketball, according to sports marketing director Matt Wells. It tops last year’s record of 7,000 by 1,800.

The nationally ranked Mountaineers might well set a new high for total attendance. They averaged 10,312 per game for the first six home contests, according to sports information director Bryan Messerly.

Ten of the 14 home contests already have been sold out, including the seven remaining games. This also is believed to be a record for the 14,000-seat WVU Coliseum.

Coach Bob Huggins is not surprised. “People want to see the Mountaineers,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter who we’re playing.”

Making the public interest in this team all the more remarkable is the fact the weather has been extremely winter-like for long stretches without letup.

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Jeff Moores has turned out a variety of T-shirts and posters which should interest WVU sports fans.

His latest paintings are of WVU victories over old rival Pitt in 2009 and 1975. The Panthers were nationally ranked both years and certainly rate among the all-time greatest wins.

Moores, an excellent nationally known artist, is licensed by WVU Trademark Services to produce and sell unique designs for WVU T-shirts and posters.

These shirts and posters may be seen and ordered online at Jeff’s Web site http://www.FindHarri.com. His work also is on display locally at Book Exchange and Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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WVU baseball coach Greg Van Zant admittedly learned all he knows about baseball from his father Jim, who died Dec. 30.

The 81-year-old Williamson native was a standout in basketball as well as baseball at Marshall in the early 1940s. He helped the Thundering Herd to an NAIA national championship in basketball.

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