West Virginia: Special in more ways than just basketball

Bob Huggins told ESPN.com that he got sick of hearing people say you couldn't recruit at West Virginia. He knew it, believed in himself and the program. He certainly proved the critics wrong. Da' Sean Butler said the Mountaineers' 60-58 victory in the Big East Championship game over Georgetown was for the state of West Virginia. This meant so much to these guys. See Huggins is a West Virginia grad. He is a magna-cum laude grad.  He is one smart basketball coach. He imposed his will in the Georgetown game keeping the high scoring, explosive Hoyas in check with stellar defense and a slow, plodding yet purpose-filled offense.

At halftime of a low scoring game, Huggins said, "We are who we are." Who they are is one special basketball team with one special coach and one special senior, who, by the way, won the Big East Championship at Madison Square Garden in his native New York City. De'Sean Butler did it with a runner in the lane with four seconds left on the clock to secure the win after Gtown had made a furious comeback to tie the game at 58.

Butler finished with 20 points on the night. The defense kept Gtown stud Greg Monroe in check. Gtown, is a great team, and had barreled through three other teams, including top seed Syracuse, to reach the final. They seemed like the team of destiny. But it was West Virginia who was.

Butler had sunk the game winning shot against Cincy in the quarterfinals, Thursday. He is an amazing kid and dedicated to his school and could go down, if he keeps this up and leads his team to the national title, as one of the most clutch players in tournament history.

Will West Virginia be a number one seed? Maybe. Here's whom I think are No.1's: Kansas and Kentucky are shoe-ins. Syracuse is in there but I've got a different take. Duke, Ohio State and West Virginia are fighting it out. Personally, with West Virginia's resume, I'd put them and Duke as my third and fourth number one seeds if Duke wins the ACC. If they lose and OSU wins Big Ten, I like Ohio State.

So here are my top four seeds assuming Duke wins: Kansas, Kentucky, West Virginia and Duke. If Duke loses and Ohio State wins it's Ohio State. Syracuse is just too iffy right now with their starting center day-to-day and an early round loss to Gtown.

Gtown is a special team. They should be a No.2 or 3 and have a shot at the Final Four. I like West Virginia to go a long way. Will have bracket filled out tomorrow.

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