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The top WVU sports stories of 2018

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - It was another memorable year for West Virginia and its fans, filled with exciting games and emotional moments. Our 10 most popular headlines from 2018 sum up the biggest moments of the year that was.

Take a look back at our top stories from 2018, as determined by our viewers and readers:

No. 10 – WVU fans help anthem singer after mic fails 

Prior to WVU men's basketball's Big 12 victory over Kansas State in February, a technical glitch caused the microphone to fail during the national anthem at the WVU Coliseum.

But fans joined together to sing along with vocalist Kristen Antolini, creating a moment that those in attendance will likely never forget:


No. 9 – Coach Huggins reacts to loss at Kansas 

One of the more disappointing moments of 2018: Despite a valiant effort on the road -- and 25 points from senior guard Daxter Miles Jr. -- the Mountaineers fell to then-No. 13 Kansas 77-69 at Allen Fieldhouse.

West Virginia was whistled for 26 fouls in the game, and Kansas shot 35 free throws, while WVU took just two shots from the stripe.

Afterward, head coach Bob Huggins said WVU "should have won the game."



No. 8. – POSTGAME REACTION: WVU trounces Tennessee, 40-14 

The 2018 season for WVU football began with a promising victory over Tennessee in Charlotte, and it was a win that was greeted by substantial fanfare. 

The Mountaineers took the momentum from that season-opening win in Will Grier's home state and turned it into a 5-0 record to start the season. 

Our postgame coverage from the Belk College Kickoff included complete interviews with head coach Dana Holgorsen and several key players:


No. 7 – WVU Athletics adds five student-athletes on National Signing Day 

WVU had a successful National Signing Day in February, adding two newcomers to the football team and two women's soccer players who made an immediate impact as freshmen.


No. 6 – How Jordan McCabe's talent, attitude and selflessness carved his path to WVU

When Jordan McCabe announced his commitment to WVU, fans expressed their excitement on social media. This piece by WVi intern Chris Jackson introduced McCabe to fans around West Virginia -- and gave them a glimpse into McCabe's life off the court in his hometown.


No. 5 – WVU Coach Huggins reacts to loss at Iowa State

Perhaps the lowest point of the 2017-18 season for Bob Huggins' team: The Mountaineers lost on the road to Iowa State, 93-77, capping a three-game losing streak. Huggins said the team "looked tired" in the loss.


No. 4 – Mountaineers to clash with Syracuse at Camping World Bowl 

West Virginia's bowl draw vs. Syracuse was one filled with nostalgia for longtime fans of the program. It was announced in early December that the two former Big East rivals would meet in the Camping World Bowl Dec. 28.

Of course, WVU fell in that game, 34-18, ending another season on a losing streak:


No. 3 – ESPN's Mike Patrick on WVU Football: "I think they're going to win a lot" 

Before the 2018 football season began, longtime ESPN broadcaster and West Virginia native Mike Patrick predicted that the Mountaineers would compete with college football's elite. 

Patrick compared Dana Holgorsen's unit to Don Nehlan's 1988 team that lost to Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. West Virginia commemorated the 30th anniversary of that team's success during one of WVU's home games this season.

Patrick also looked back at some of his proudest moments as a broadcaster -- and toughest moments as a WVU fan -- recounting his internal struggle as he called the Mountaineers' infamous "13-9" loss to Pitt in 2007:


No. 2 – Carter assigned to Memphis G League affiliate 

WVU basketball fans rallied around Jevon Carter during his playing days as a Mountaineer, and they continue to root for him as he begins his professional career.

Our story on Carter's assignment to the Memphis Grizzlies' G League affiliate was our second-most read article of 2018, but other stories on Carter's career, including a recap of his NBA debut, nearly cracked this top 10 list.


No. 1 – Carter makes college hoops history vs. Iowa State 

Our most-clicked link in 2018: A recap of Jevon Carter's record-setting home outing against Iowa State. 

The former Mountaineer star became the first WVU player -- and just the fifth athlete in NCAA history -- to amass 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals in a career.

Look back at the most popular story on our website from 2018 here:

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