Friday , Feb , 17 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

I’m picking UConn

Saturday afternoon could be interesting. Connecticut goes up against West Virginia.

Normally, I would say that Connecticut is going to destroy the Mountaineers, but I’m not so sure anymore. They lost a tough, hard-fought game to Villanova earlier in the week, making both them and WVU 9-2 in the Big East. 
UConn had a little trouble inside, and considering that’s where a big chunk of their talent is (no pun intended), they’re going to have to recuperate before facing Kevin Pittsnogle.
The newlywed WVU center dropped 24 against Georgetown, but his team struggled with shooting and the Mountaineers lost two of their last three games. 
It’s hard to say which team will come out victorious given their latest performances, but one of my biggest pet peeves is when people give wishy-washy predictions. So I’m placing my bets on Connecticut. Why?
Though West Virginia has Pittsnogle, who’s averaging 19 points a game, and Mike Gansey, who has nearly 18 points a game, I don’t think they’ll be able to withstand UConn’s fleet down low. Even when Rudy Gay, Hilton Armstrong and Josh Boone have so-called “off days,” they can collectively overpower any team. That’s my take.