West Virginia Mountaineers

12 teams that could pop NCAA Tournament bubbles

These teams could rise up during conference tournaments and steal bids from bubble teams
12 teams that could pop NCAA Tournament bubbles

Beware of bid thieves.

For weeks, basketball fans been watching the NCAA Tournament bubble, hoping their teams can win the games they should and maybe score an upset or two.

But an NCAA Tournament bid isn’t always in the hands of the bubble teams. In just about every season, a team that has no business playing in the Big Dance will make a run at a conference title by grabbing an automatic bid at the 11th hour.

These are those teams, the spoilers. Bubble teams should watch with trepidation.

Syracuse Orange vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

Former Big East rivals meet in Indianapolis for a spot in the Sweet 16
Syracuse Orange vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

Former Big East Conference counterparts meet in 2021 representing the ACC and Big 12, as Syracuse and West Virginia face off in the Second Round of Midwest Regional competition of the NCAA Tournament.

 

Defensive styles define both the Orange and Mountaineers. The 2-3 zone Syracuse has run under longtime coach Jim Boeheim is a longtime hallmark of the program and seems to vex opponents without fail in March.

 

Liberty Bowl Prediction and Preview: West Virginia vs. Army West Point

Mountaineers and Black Knights meet for the first time since 1961 on New Year's Eve in the Liberty Bowl
Liberty Bowl Prediction and Preview: West Virginia vs. Army West Point

The West Virginia Mountaineers and Army West Point Black Knights will face off in the 62nd annual Liberty Bowl on New Year's Eve in Memphis, Tennessee. Thursday's game was originally set to feature West Virginia against Tennessee.

West Virginia Basketball: Mountaineers Team Preview and Season Prediction 2018-19

WVU seeking 10th NCAA Tournament in 12 years under Bob Huggins
West Virginia Mountaineers 2018-19 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

For the past four years, the face of “Press Virginia” has been hard-working, intense Jevon Carter. And now that he and backcourt mate Daxter Miles are gone, Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins admits to being a little nervous. “Can you tell?” he says. “Plus the schedule is much harder. It’s much, much harder.”


It’s certainly not easy. In addition to the usual Big 12 round-robin that includes Kansas, West Virginia will play Florida in the Jimmy V Classic and visit Tennessee for the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

West Virginia Athletic Director Discusses Return of Backyard Brawl

West Virginia and Pitt haven't played each since other 2011
West Virginia Athletic Director Discusses Return of Backyard Brawl

One of the most anticipated matchups and biggest rivalries in college sports could be on the verge of being resumed in the not-so distant future. West Virginia vs. Pitt, better known as the "Backyard Brawl," is the historic rivalry between these two schools, which are separated by 75 miles.

 

10 College Rivalries Killed by Conference Realignment

Please, please, please bring back these classic rivalries
10 college rivalries ended by conference realignment

Thanksgiving hasn’t been the same since the Texas A&M and Missouri started hanging out with the SEC. Or since West Virginia and Pitt started rolling with the Big 12 and ACC, respectively.

 

Conference realignment ended a handful of traditional rivalries, either because of scheduling conflicts or acrimonious relationships.

 

In other words, no more Texas-Texas A&M. No more Backyard Brawl. No more Border War.

 

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