Posted on: April 4, 2010 3:08 pm
INDIANAPOLIS -- Da'Sean Butler's knee injury is worse than West Virginia initially believed.
A source close to the program confirmed to CBSSports.com that an MRI performed Sunday showed Butler has a torn ACL, sprained MCL and two bone bruises in his left knee. This means he'll require surgery and be unable to workout for franchises before June's NBA Draft. The CBSSports.com First Team All-American is projected by most as a second round pick, but this development could leave Butler undrafted.
Butler collapsed in the second half of Saturday night's loss to Duke. He yelled in pain while lying on the court, which led to Bob Huggins holding him and caressing his face in one of the more moving moments of this NCAA tournament. WVU officials said they believed it was only a sprained MCL after the game. But they learned it is much worse Sunday.
Butler averaged 17.2 points and 6.2 rebounds this season. He was the MVP of the Big East tournament.
Posted on: December 26, 2009 6:36 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2009 6:41 pm
West Virginia blew a 10-point lead with less than a minute remaining.
Then Devin Ebanks missed a desperation shot at the buzzer.
Then the game went to overtime.
And it was clear, at that point, that Seton Hall would win Saturday's Big East opener because that's just the way these things work. When a team storms back to force overtime, that team has momentum. Add to that the homecourt advantage, and the smart money had the Pirates finishing West Virginia in the extra five minutes just like Kansas stormed back, forced overtime and finished Memphis in the extra five minutes of the 2008 national title game.
Again, that's just the way these things work.
But a funny thing happened on the way to that Seton Hall upset.
West Virginia remained calm, quickly jumped to a five-point lead in OT and won 90-84.
It was a non-verbal version of "We got this."
National Player of the Year candidate Da'Sean Butler and Ebanks (his more-talented-but-less-reliable teammate) combined to score 10 of West Virginia's 13 points in overtime, meaning those two alone outscored Seton Hall in the extra period; Butler assisted on the other bucket, a 3-pointer by Kevin Jones. But the most impressive thing was how the Mountaineers stayed poised despite the fact that they'd just blown a seemingly insurmountable lead, despite the fact that they were on CBS, despite the fact that they were in a road game with a crowd cheering against them.
That's the toughness people talk about when people talk about West Virginia.
So, yes, the collapse was troubling; no way around that. But how West Virginia responded confirmed what a lot of us have thought for a while, that these Mountaineers are solid enough to take Bob Huggins to his second Final Four.