Ye olde notebook:
The sparks, however, don't stop flying for the school's athletic department at game's end.
This Saturday, the men's basketball team has a chance to pick up some nice RPI points when it takes on No. 21 Mississippi State at 8 p.m. (ESPNU) in the SEC/Big East Challenge in Starkville, Miss.
The Bulldogs are also ranked No. 24 in the latest coaches poll. The reason? Wins over then-No. 18 Texas A&M and then-No. 16 Arizona in the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden. The 7-1 start is the school's best since 2003-04.
"I think they're good," said WVU coach Bob Huggins on Wednesday. "Dee Bost is probably a pro. He's a talented point guard. [Arnett] Moultrie is 6-10, 6-11 - and he's probably a pro. Renardo Sydney is very talented.
"The guards have great quickness and penetrate. The bigs are big. It's probably one of the best teams Rick's had there in a while."
"Rick" is coach Rick Stansbury. And it's difficult to argue with Huggins on the point. Bost, a 6-2 guard, is averaging 17 points. Moultrie is averaging 16 and 10.8 rebounds.
The gleam of hope for WVU's young team is Mississippi State did lose to Akron, which the Mountaineers just defeated.
If you've been watching, you've undoubtedly spotted the sore spot: small forward. Keaton Miles is Huggins' best defender there, but in five starts is averaging .8 points (four points total) and 1.6 rebounds.
Next up might be fellow freshman Tommie McCune, probably the best shooter among the candidates, or Aaron Brown, who was recruited as a shooting guard, but has been playing small forward.
But if you checked the Sagarin computer rankings before Wednesday's action, you saw the Big East was slotted sixth behind the Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, SEC and Atlantic 10. The league was just above the Missouri Valley Conference.