The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Sports

February 7, 2010

Historic night?

Two top 5 teams have never met in WVU Coliseum

Depending on what the polls say, West Virginia’s game against Villanova tonight might be a first in WVU Coliseum history.

The No. 6 Mountaineers (19-3, 8-2 Big East) stand to rise at least a spot in the polls, what with them completing a 2-0 week and No. 5 Michigan State and the No. 2 Wildcats losing over the weekend.

Villanova likely will not fall out of the top five after losing to Georgetown 103-90 Saturday in Washington, D.C.

That makes tonight’s 7 p.m. tip-off the first game between a top-5 West Virginia team and an opponent also in the top 5.

The game will be shown live on ESPN as a part of the network’s Big Monday package.

More importantly, it gives WVU a chance to cash in a big win as it continues to push toward a possible bye in the first round of the Big East tournament.

The Mountaineers are coming off a 19-point win over St. John’s. It was a game WVU trailed by 16 early in the second half.

“We probably weren’t ready to play,” WVU coach Bob Huggins said. “I kept telling them and telling them and telling them. I didn’t kill them for two days — I didn’t really grind on them for two days and tried to coach them and clean some stuff up.”

Clean they did. Da’Sean Butler went off as WVU outscored St. John’s 57-27 in the second half.

The game will be a matchup of two of the Big East’s top players.

Butler is coming off a 33-point game which saw him hit a Big East record 7 of 7 three-pointers.

He is now averaging 17.3 points per game and has a team-best 44 three-pointers.

Butler is second on the team in assists (74, one behind point guard Truck Bryant) and is third in rebounds (6.2).

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