MORGANTOWN—In a matter of seconds, the WVU men’s basketball team had their hopes of a deep postseason run dashed last Thursday as word of the rapidly-spreading coronavirus made its way around high school, college, and professional athletics in just a matter of hours.
For West Virginia’s three seniors, Chase Harler, Logan Routt, and Jermaine Haley, the disappointment must have been overwhelming, as one minute they were preparing for a Big 12 tournament game against Oklahoma, and the next minute they were on an airplane back to Morgantown.
The Mountaineers finished the season with a 21-10 record and a two-game winning streak, picking up a hard-fought victory on the road at Iowa State and knocking off #4 Baylor at home by double digits.
They claimed the #6 seed at the Big 12 tournament and was prepared to face #3-seed Oklahoma, a team who they had lost to twice during season, both times by double digits. But the much-anticipated trilogy would never transpire as precautions were taken to move the players out of harm’s way.
The Mountaineers had a season of ups and downs, starting off with a record of 7-0, then 11-1, 14-2, 16-3, and 18-4, before seemingly losing their ability to make shots, whether it was from the floor or from the free-throw line, as they would drop eight of their remaining 11 games.
WVU finished the 2019-20 NCAA basketball season ranked #23 in the nation and on a two-game win streak, which should make WVU fans excited to see what next season will bring to Mountaineer Nation. If they can keep their core group of players together and add some promising recruits, the Mountaineers may see themselves making a deep post-season run next season.
2019-20 WVU Basketball Team Statistics (National Rank in Parenthesis)
Points Scored – 2.179 (219th)
Points Per Game – 70.3 (203rd)
Field Goal Percentage – 42.2% (256th)
Free Throw Percentage – 64.2% (335th)
Three-Point Percentage – 28.6% (341st)
Total Rebounds – 40.5 (11th)
Assists – 12.4 (232nd)
Turnovers – 14.4% (287th)
Assist/Turnover Ratio – 0.9 (217th)
Blocked Shots – 3.6 (109th)