West Virginia suffers historic loss in regular season finale at Cincinnati

The Mountaineers finish regular season with most losses in program history.

WVU head coach Josh Eilert.
WVU head coach Josh Eilert. / Peter G. Aiken/GettyImages

It was a record-setting day for West Virginia men’s basketball -- and not in the way anyone in the program had hoped.

WVU (9-22,4-14) dropped their regular season finale at Cincinnati (18-13, 7-11) on Saturday afternoon in a 92-56 shellacking. The loss was the fifth-consecutive for the Mountaineers, but most notably, it marks the most losses in a single-season in program history.

Despite the bitter ending to a tumultuous regular season, the team’s work isn’t quite finished -- they must travel to Kansas City next week for the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, where at least one more game awaits.

"We'll see how we respond," WVU Head Coach Josh Eilert said. "If we don't have a bad taste in our mouths for three straight days and we don't compete at the highest level on Tuesday, then we've got to look at ourselves in the mirror and figure out if we really want to play the game of basketball."

It should help drive the team’s fire for revenge because they are set to face Cincinnati in a rematch of Saturday’s contest -- it will be the third meeting between the two teams this season. The first affair was a 69-65 victory for WVU on January 31.