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USF Calling WVU Game Its Biggest in 20 Years

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The West Virginia University men's basketball team is heading south later today for Saturday's showdown with the University of South Florida.

WVU will definitely entire a hostile atmosphere when the two teams meet Saturday afternoon.

"It's important for them and it's extremely important for us," WVU Head Coach Bob Huggins said. "They are billing it as their biggest game in 20 years."

USF is throwing around a lot of titles on its games lately calling its win earlier this week over Louisville, the biggest win in school history.

The USF campus is certainly feeling the madness associated with this time of year. The Bulls are still alive in the hunt for a double-bye in the Big East Tournament. Both USF and WVU are playing for their NCAA Tournament lives. USF is sitting at No. 35 in the latest RPI rankings. WVU checks in at No. 56.

USF is likely in regardless of Saturday's result. WVU might be in without a win at USF, but winning that game certainly takes some of the pressure off heading into next week's Big East Tournament.

South Florida is selling tickets to Saturday's game for $10 each and keep your eye out for plenty of white t-shirts in the lower bowl of the arena. Those white t-shirts will be given to all fans in the lower bowl with one word on them, MADNESS.

"We went to Kansas State with 18,000 people there and there weren't a lot of them rooting for us," Huggins said. "We endured that. I can't imagine that going to South Florida that if our mindset is right, we can't endure that."

WVU is still playing for a first round bye in the Big East Tournament. That will happen if WVU beats USF and Seton Hall loses to DePaul. WVU is currently sitting in ninth place and can only fall to tenth place if it loses to USF and UCONN beats Pitt.

It should be a wild Saturday and a tournament atmosphere in Tampa. Tipoff is set for noon.

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