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WVU Can Only Look Forward To Potential NCAA Bid

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Entering the final week of the regular season it appeared WVU needed to win one of its final two games to lock up an NCAA Tournament bid. West Virginia not only won one of its two final games, but beat both DePaul at home and won at South Florida.

Those two wins coupled with other outcomes around the conference helped West Virginia earn a first round bye in the Big East Tournament. WVU met UCONN with some calling it a play-in game with the winner earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

"We've played more games against top 100 people than anybody in the country," WVU Head Coach Bob Huggins said. "They say play a tough schedule, we have. We've played more games against top 50 teams. We've done everything they've asked us to do other than maybe win a couple games."

Huggins feels pretty confident his team is in, but his players are not so sure.

"I don't know," Forward Deniz Kilicli said. "I'm thinking we are in because we got to 9-9 [in the Big East]. You never know what is going to happen so we have to wait and see."

"I'm not worried about Sunday night," Guard Truck Bryant said. "I think we got a good body of work besides the couple of games we gave away, but I think we got a good body of work and I think we will make it in and hopefully we can make a run."

"Hopefully we make it into the tournament," Forward Kevin Jones said. "I think we did enough to make it into the tournament and we'll just go from there. It's a whole new season."

The NCAA Tournament selection committee will take into account numerous factors including overall record, RPI, conference record, strength of schedule and others. Huggins hopes the committee will include something else, "Several of those games there were some other factors that were involved. It wasn't just us. You know, you hope that the committee looks at that."

Huggins is presumably talking about some of the questionable calls that went against his team including the goaltending that was not called at the end of the Syracuse game that would have likely sent that game into overtime.

WVU will learn its fate this Sunday. The brackets will be unveiled beginning at 6 p.m.

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