West Virginia Stuns Kentucky

Backup point guard Joe Mazzulla leads Mountaineers into Final FOur
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 27, 2010 9:32 PM CDT
West Virginia Stuns Kentucky
Kentucky's Eric Bledsoe (24) defends against West Virginia's Joe Mazzulla (21) during the first half of the Mountaineers' victory the East Regional final, March 27, 2010, in Syracuse, N.Y.    (Kevin Rivoli)

It's almost heaven, West Virginia. Da'Sean Butler and the Mountaineers are off to the Final Four for the first time since 1959. Injury replacement Joe Mazzulla scored a career-high 17 points in his first start this season and No. 2 seed West Virginia handled a cold-shooting, top-seeded Kentucky team stocked with future NBA players almost from the opening tip for a 73-66 victory in the East Regional final tonight in Syracuse. The Mountaineers play Duke or Baylor next Saturday in Indianapolis.

West Virginia coach and alum Bob Huggins is in the Final Four for the first time since taking Cincinnati in 1992. John Wall and the young Wildcats (35-3), strong favorites to win their first national championship since 1998 after overall No. 1 seed Kansas exited in the second round, were awful from 3-point range, missing their first 20 attempts and finishing a stunning 4 of 32 (12.5%). DeAndre Liggins finally hit a 3 with 3:29 left to end the drought, but by then it was too late. (More NCAA men's basketball tournament stories.)

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