Once in a while, a team gets lucky and has a tremendous shooting game when it counts. That goes a long way in describing West Virginia’s win last night.
It seemed that anything West Virginia threw toward the rim swished right through. Everything Clemson put in the air clinked and clanged off the rim and backboard. That obnoxious noise is the sound of my discontent. Undoubtedly it will haunt me in my dreams. To emphasize, West Virginia shot 12-20, or 60%, from behind the arc, well above their season average. Clemson, on the other hand, managed a dismal 6-23 for 26%. 3 of those 6 came with less than 45 seconds left and the game practically over.
The Tigers were also unable to create any rebounding superiority. Despite a sizable early edge, they got out-rebounded 35 to 31.
All told, the game was nearly as close as the final 78-73 score indicates. A quick run by the Mountaineers toward the end of the first half established a large lead that Clemson just couldn’t cut into.
I don’t think I want to talk about basketball anymore.