Analyzing the final possession of the West Virginia season

In the waning seconds, Adrian and West again came to the top of the key to create a double screen for Carter, but that wasn't going to work so far from the basket with so little time remaining. The Mountaineers (28-9) had one final chance to tie the game but a bad sequence of events unfolded.

Instead of playing for a quick and efficient two-point attempt given that more than 30 seconds remained on the clock, West Virginia appeared adamant to only launch shots from beyond the three-point arc.

The Mountaineers are coming off one of their most well-rounded performances of the season against Baylor last weekend, where their team showcased some vital depth, especially in the bullpen. The Mountaineers managed to secure offensive rebounds after both shots and got the ball back in his hands. The Ducks couldn't get it done, though, and Walton was able to put up one more shot.

"We've played against size", Huggins said.

"First of all, I don't know that I have a monkey on my back, " he said. Nigel Williams-Goss answered with two free throws.

Carter scored 21 points on 6-of-17 shooting from the field.

Ahmad pulled down 9 rebounds, and Nathan Adrian had 4 assists. Gonzaga's Silas Melson grabbed the rebound and was fouled immediately.

West Virginia (24th in RPI at ESPN.com) cruised past fifth-seeded Notre Dame in the last round, 83-71, forcing the normally composed Fighting Irish into 13 turnovers.

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WVU's Sagaba Konate got open in the middle of a 2-3 zone and passed down low to Miles, and he returned the ball to Konate, who dunked for a 49-47 lead. But the Mountaineers have a way of wearing down their opponents, and their quickness on defense began to bother Gonzaga late in the first half.

One team will make history in the NCAA Tournament's West Regional final Saturday.

West Virginia would take a 52-49 lead with 5:53 left in the game as the Mountaineers started to frustrate the Bulldogs on the defensive end of the floor.

Williams-Goss, whom Carter had gotten the best of for most of the night, locked in as Carter brought the ball toward the three-point line, refusing to give him any space for a clean, pull-up three. And in the Sweet 16, Gonzaga was matched up against No. 4 West Virginia. When you're driving at the goal and you run into (Gonzaga senior Przemek Karnowksi), 7-foot-1, 300-and-whatever-he-is, it's hard to score.

Throughout the game, Few fretted about the mounting foul totals that put numerous players, including Mathews, in dire foul trouble.

"We've got a bunch of guys who have played in a lot of venues", Huggins said. "That's been a big stat for us all year because we've been so efficient on the offensive end".

Said freshman center Zach Collins, a projected National Basketball Association talent: "The players that have come before us have done such a good job of making this program what it is. But you can't shoot 16 of 60". I think he sold his soul in exchange for a Cubs World Series win and the Devil threw in this tourney run as a signing bonus.

Gonzaga shot 40.9 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and made 21-of-32 from the line. The victor will face whoever comes out on top in the Arizona game against No. 11 Xavier.


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