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

(Newser) – 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.

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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. (Read more NCAA men's basketball tournament stories.)

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