Today also marks the opening basketball game for the Mountaineers. My wife and I are season ticket holders so we will be cheering on in person. While its a rarity in these parts, I'm much more of a basketball fan than football. Don't get me wrong I love the college football experience, but sometimes the crazy fans can be a little overwhelming. Nothing beats the tailgating and a good game, but it is an all day affair that comes with considerable expense throughout the season. Basketball is much more of a bargain and you don't have to give up your whole day to attend. It also bridges the cold months up until Spring Training starts.
2010-11 Panini Rookies & Stars Devin Ebanks/Da'sean Butler Dual Auto /49
The core of the Mountaineers Final Four team in 2010 both Ebanks and Butler were given NBA opportunities. Ebanks found some playing time with the Lakers, but was lost in the shuffle when Mike D'Antoni was hired. Butler's career was derailed by multiple knee injuries, most notably the one that occurred against Duke in the Final Four.
The current roster is very young with only pre season Big 12 player of the year Juwan Staten having multiple years of experience. It should be an interesting season.
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