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2017 Schedule
28-9, 2nd in Big 12

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

West Virginia's Jevon Carter will withdraw from NBA Draft process and return to Morgantown next season, the school announces.

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Way-Too-Early Top 25: West Virginia

Jevon Carter is slated to return, and the Press Virginia defense is certain to wreak havoc on the floor in Morgantown.

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Courtside: Huggins On Final Four, Frank Martin

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins talks to Andy Katz & Seth Greenberg about when he hired Frank Martin as his assistant at Cincinnati out of a high school in Miami. Plus, he shares what it's like to prep for Final Four and touches on the physicality of Gonzaga.

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West Virginia shot 26.7 percent from the field Thursday vs. Gonzaga. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, that's the lowest field-goal percentage for any team in a Round-of-32 game or later since the same Mountaineers shot 24.1 percent during the Sweet 16 in 2015. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ICYMI: Underdogs were 2-1-1 ATS in Thursday night's Sweet 16 games w/ Oregon +1 and Xavier +7.5 pulling outright upsets. Kansas -5.5 over Purdue was the only favorite to cover while the push was Gonzaga -3 over West Virginia. Unders were 3-1 tonight. For the tournament, underdogs are 28-22-1 ATS (56 percent) w/ one game closing pick 'em while overs still lead 30-21-1 (58.8 percent).

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West Virginia couldn't find the range on jumpers Thursday against Gonzaga, which advanced with a 61-58 victory in the Sweet 16 matchup. The Mountaineers' Jevon Carter missed two 3-pointers that would have tied the game in the final moments.

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West Virginia has poor showing down the stretch (1:25)
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Mathews' 3-pointer propels Gonzaga to Elite 8

Jordan Mathews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with under a minute to play and top-seeded Gonzaga survived a rough shooting night for both teams to beat No. 4 seed West Virginia 61-58 Thursday.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Gonzaga survives -- with defense. The Zags shut down West Virginia all night, but never more definitively or crucially than in the final seconds, when a swarming perimeter stifled Jevon Carter's multiple attempts and kept the Mountaineers from even getting a final shot off before the buzzer. Great, gutty defensive performance by the No. 1 seed.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mountaineers have been prodding the officials all night about Nigel Williams-Goss's off arm. Their persistence paid off as much as their defensive pressure: Williams-Goss just went to the bench with his fourth.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

West Virginia had one more field goal (six) than turnover, shot 1 of 11 from deep, and is tied at the half with the 34-1 No. 1 seed in its time zone. Not bad, that. Not bad.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

West Virginia with a 3-0 rout over Gonzaga in the "which male cheerleader can hold up his female counterpart longer?" timeout competition. Feats of strength should be mandatory at all NCAA-sanctioned events forthwith.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

West Virginia ties the game, Przemek Karnowski has to call timeout because all outlet options have been denied into oblivion, Gonzaga fans wail in angst over an alleged foul and, somewhere deep inside, Bob Huggins is overcome at the beauty of it all.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

After 12 minutes and 15 seconds, Gonzaga has the same number of turnovers as West Virginia (five). The Zags are having mixed results converting after press breaks, but they aren't making many mistakes -- and WVU's 5 of 19 shooting hasn't exactly punished the mistakes they have made.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Meanwhile it's clear WVU, as expected, plans to give Nigel Williams-Goss the Frank Mason treatment every time he has the ball.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Fascinating early stuff: Gonzaga is looking to attack West Virginia's pressure right away, and take advantage once the ball crosses half court, and it's worked more often than not -- but you have to wonder if all the hurry is sustainable.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

About 10 minutes to tip in San Jose. It was a long few days without basketball, but hallelujah, we're back.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Today's NCAA men's Sweet 16 games about to start. The ViewFromVegas is: Michigan -1 vs. Oregon (despite No. 7 vs. No. 3) O/U 148; Gonzaga -3 vs. West Virginia O/U 150; Kansas -5.5 vs. Purdue O/U 155.5; Arizona -7.5 vs. Xavier O/U 144.5.

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Make-or-break player: Esa Ahmad

Ahmad has the kind of size at 6-foot-8 and shooting that will make him a tough matchup for the Zags on Thursday night.

ESPN Stats and Information  

West Virginia comes into Thursday night boasting the third-most turnovers forced (29) among teams still alive in the NCAA tournament. The Mountaineers and their vaunted "Press Virginia" defense led Division I in turnover differential (+7.8) and turnovers forced per game (20.1) this season.

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Sweet 16 "seed scores" (coach's record of advancing in tourney relative to seed, since 2002): Greg Gard (1.50), John Beilein (1.35), Chris Mack (1.19), Frank Martin (1.18), Chris Holtmann (1.17), Sean Miller (1.12), John Calipari (1.06), Matt Painter (1.06), Roy Williams (1.03), Dana Altman (1.00), Scott Drew (1.00), Mike White (1.00), Mark Few (0.90), Steve Alford (0.84), Bob Huggins (0.84), Bill Self (0.79).

Team Stats

Points Per Game81.523rd
Rebounds Per Game37.487th
Assists Per Game16.421st
Points Allowed66.748th

Tournament History

Final Fours2
Tournament Record27-27
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances27