West Virginia Sports

Polanco’s homer lifts Pirates past Tigers in kooky opener

By The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer in the 13th inning to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 13-10 victory over Detroit on Friday — about an hour after the Tigers spilled onto the field to celebrate what they thought was a game-winning hit of their ...

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier trims long mane

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia quarterback Will Grier has a mended hand — and a fresh haircut. According to WDTV-TV , Grier showed up to media interviews during spring practice Tuesday with a new look after getting several inches of his long mane chopped. Grier says he simply ...

Marshall’s Elmore declares for NBA draft, won’t hire agent

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall guard Jon Elmore has declared for the NBA draft for the second straight year. Media outlets report Elmore announced Monday he is entering the June 21 draft but will not hire an agent. That means he has until June 11 to withdraw his name and return to ...

Press Virginia faces future challenge without Carter, Miles

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer Press Virginia may never look the same. Jevon Carter turned defense into a personal mission at West Virginia, and he helped transform the Mountaineers into a team that suffocated opponents and used its stifling defense for scoring opportunities. Carter took ...

Villanova back in Elite 8 as 3s spoil W. Virginia pressure

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Villanova's 3-point party rolled past the intense pressure of West Virginia to bring the Wildcats to the doorstep of another Final Four two seasons after winning a national championship. The top-seeded Wildcats continued their outside feast ...

WVU has short tournament turnaround to get ahead of storm

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer For the second straight year, a major winter storm has scrambled West Virginia's travel plans for the NCAA Tournament. About 20 hours after arriving back on campus from the West Coast, the Mountaineers left Tuesday to begin preparations for Friday's Sweet 16 ...

Nova’s Wright, 76ers’ Brown formed friendship in West Bank

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The bond that connects Jay Wright and Brett Brown was forged in the Holy Land, where the Philadelphia-area coaches taught basketball on floors lined with rubble, bent rims and no nets. The setting was far removed from anything that ...

Winter storm forces altered travel plans for NCAA Tournament

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A winter storm expected to hit the Northeast is forcing at least one college basketball team to alter its travel plans for the third round of the NCAA Tournament. West Virginia's athletic department announced Monday night the Mountaineers will leave a day early for ...

West Virginia F D’Angelo Hunter transferring

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia says reserve forward D'Angelo Hunter is transferring. Coach Bob Huggins announced in a news release Monday that the junior has been granted his release from the program. Hunter averaged 1.5 points and less than one rebound in 17 games this season. He ...

NCAA Sweet 16 has unexpected field after favorites ousted

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — After little went according to plan in the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament, the bracket has a wildly different look for the Sweet 16 than many expected. Out: Two 1-seeds (Virginia and Xavier) and a pair of 2-seeds (North ...

West Virginia gets better of in-state rival Marshall 94-71

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two in-state foes being forced back together on the court by the NCAA Tournament thousands of miles from home became a one-sided celebration for West Virginia. Jevon Carter was the one leading the way. Carter scored 28 points, Lamont West ...

West Virginia and Marshall forced back together in NCAAs

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hide the couches and cue up some John Denver. More than 2,000 miles away from home, way out on the West Coast with few familiar faces around, West Virginia and Marshall will be forced back together on the basketball court. The venue is the ...

Jevon Carter leads West Virginia past Murray State 85-68

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — This long into their time together at West Virginia, Bob Huggins is only surprised when Jevon Carter has a bad game. What Carter did on Friday in the first-round of the East Region against Murray State is simply what Huggins expects. "I would ...

Elmore’s 27 lead 13th-seeded Marshall over Wichita St 81-75

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Marshall Thundering Herd celebrated like never before. For the first time in six tries during 62 years, the Thundering Herd won an NCAA Tournament game. Jon Elmore scored 27 points and Jarrod West hit a huge 3-pointer with three ...

AP Source: Browns to sign free agent T Hubbard

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — As they wait for Joe Thomas' decision, the Cleveland Browns added some offensive line depth. The team reached agreement on Tuesday with former Pittsburgh tackle Chris Hubbard on a five-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations ...

Jayhawks, Wildcats banged up entering NCAA Tournament

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The success or failure of teams from the Sunflower State in the NCAA Tournament might be decided not by the players taking the floor but their trainers in the locker room. Top-seeded Kansas hopes to get injured center Udoka Azubuike ...

Purdue and West Virginia headline the WNIT

NEW YORK (AP) — Purdue and West Virginia just missed out on the NCAA Tournament. The two schools will still be playing in the postseason as they headline the WNIT field that was announced Monday night. They were among the final eight teams revealed by the NCAA on Sunday night and ended up ...

Villanova earns top seed in NCAA Tournament East Region; WVU seeded 5th

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Villanova has a more urgent goal as a No. 1 seed than a Final Four. Try, surviving opening weekend. The Big East Tournament champion Wildcats (30-4) earned yet another top seed in the NCAA Tournament and will open the East Region on ...

West Virginia Gets 5 Seed in NCAA Tournament; Headed to San Diego

West Virginia will face 12-seed Murray State on Friday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers received a 5 seed, with the game taking place in San Diego. Murray State enters the contest on a 13-game winning streak The seeding sets up a potential WVU-Marshall game in the ...

Kansas tops West Virginia 81-70 to win Big 12 tourney title

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Devonte Graham ripped off the shooting sleeve he was wearing and tossed it into the crowd, then took the two-time Big 12 defensive player of the year baseline for a pullup jumper. Talk about unflappable. Unstoppable, too. The ...