WVU basketball: Weather forces changes in athletic department

MORGANTOWN, WV - FEBRUARY 03: Jevon Carter /

The WVU basketball team has a lot to focus on this week with Villanova looming in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

On Wednesday, the Mountaineers safely arrived in Boston for the game, but it took some time getting there. Weather problems have struck the northern part of the country. Morgantown and Boston were not spared in the snow.

The Mountaineers still had some time off before getting ready for Villanova, but the Wildcats had more time to rest and prepare. Villanova played early last Saturday, while the Mountaineers had to wait until late Sunday night for their Round of 32 contest against Marshall.

The time change for the Mountaineers was pretty drastic too, so this week has taken a lot of adjustment and fine tuning just to get back in playing mode. The WVU basketball team probably needed to take its mind off basketball for a little bit in order to fully unwind.

The Mountaineer men aren’t the only ones who had their travel plans shifted a little bit. The women’s team had its WNIT game pushed back from Thursday to Friday. The women’s opponent is James Madison, another east coast school which couldn’t escape the early spring storm.

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The outside forces, though, should not have any affect on the indoor game. The players have their own routines and they aren’t beginners. This is what they have trained their whole lives for and they won’t give in to the minor inconveniences. The Mountaineers, Wildcats and Dukes have to rise above the snow and take their aggression of a late spring onto the court.

After all, they play in the winter, so the cold trips are commonplace when they’re getting to and from the arena. The fans might prefer and warmer weather climate, which is what the WVU basketball faithful received in San Diego for the first two rounds.

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But it was quickly back to reality. The shock of the snow may actually be a good reminder for the athletes not to take anything lightly.