Jay Bilas Believes WVU will be a "Handful" Come Tournament Time

ESPN's Jay Bilas envisions the Mountaineers becoming a headache for opponents in the NCAA tournament
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During the Kansas, Texas matchup Tuesday night on ESPN, color commentator and college basketball analyst Jay Bilas took notice of the West Virginia University Mountaineer men's basketball program after capturing their sixth straight conference road win.

Kansas and Texas went into overtime, and with just under two minutes remaining and during a timeout, play-by-play announcer Bob Wischusen began discussing Kansas' potential in the postseason potential, considering they are perennial contenders for a Final Four run. However, Bilas flipped the script and turned his attention to the Mountaineers.

"I think West Virginia, and they’ve had so many games taken away from protocols and postponements, you kind of wonder what’s going to happen with West Virginia down the stretch. Even after Oscar Tshiebwe left, that’s a team that I think can be a handful in the NCAA Tournament.”

ESPN's Seth Greenberg, left, and Jay Bilas try to explain a flagrant foul situation to fans during the GameDay segment before the Kentucky-Kansas Saturday, January 26, 2019. Espn Gameday At Rupp January 26 2019

ESPN's Seth Greenberg, left, and Jay Bilas try to explain a flagrant foul situation to fans during the GameDay segment before the Kentucky-Kansas Saturday, January 26, 2019. Espn Gameday At Rupp January 26 2019

It doesn't come as a surprise that the national media is starting to turn their attention to the men in Morgantown. West Virginia is ranked tenth in the country and has won seven of their last nine games and has become one of the most efficient offenses in the country since the departure of Tshiebwe. 

The Mountaineers have an opportunity to add to the resume with the final four regular season games all at home and can make a statement with a win over second-ranked Baylor when they come to town on March 2nd. 

Remaining WVU Schedule

Sat. 2/27 Kansas State 4:00 pm ESPN2

Tue. 3/2 Baylor 5:00 pm TBA

Thurs. 3/4 TCU TBD

Sat. 3/6 Oklahoma State TBD

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