MORGANTOWN - Perhaps you're down on your luck this Sunday morning. Perhaps you've taken a long shot and it turned into an air ball.
Here's a suggestion: check out West Virginia's athletic program to understand how fortunes can change in a blink - for the better.
Back in early November, WVU's football team lost to Louisville, dropping it to .500 in the lowly Big East. A few days ago, it put up the highest point total in college bowl history and shipped the Orange Bowl trophy here.
Around the time of the football loss to the U of L, the Mountaineer basketball team was falling to Division II Northern Kentucky in an exhibition game at the Coliseum. On Saturday, West Virginia moved to 12-4 overall, 3-1 in Big East play, with an impressive 74-62 victory over No. 9 Georgetown before 10,526 - in the same building as the NKU loss.
And - talk about changing times - the fans clapped politely, turned and went home. There was a time not so very long ago when defeating a Top 10 team would have resulted in a storming of the Coliseum court and dancing in the streets.
No more. The expectations are simply high under coach Bob Huggins. And he rarely disappoints.
The Mountaineers, drenched in youth, padded their resume nicely with a win over the Hoyas. WVU entered the game ranked No. 22 and 24 in a couple of faux Rating Percentage Indexes. Georgetown entered No. 7 and 6.
This young Mountaineer team is now squarely in line to make the NCAA tournament a little past the halfway point in the season, with 15 games remaining. Granted the team is heading into the teeth of Big East play, but give Huggins and the players credit for the performance - considering the youth - so far. Kind of amazing, really.
"I know we're very young, but Coach really emphasizes defense," said 6-foot-8 forward Dominique Rutledge. "Defense wins games; defense wins championships."
Here's the deal, though: While many point to WVU's defense, it's offense that's been keeping the Mountaineers afloat. West Virginia entered Saturday's game No. 4 in scoring offense among the 16 Big East teams with a 76.1 average. It is now at 76 even.
WVU's Kevin Jones was the Big East's No. 1 scorer, averaging 19.6 points. He had 22 against the Hoyas and is now at 19.8. Truck Bryant was No. 5 within the league, averaging 18 points. After scoring 25 on Saturday, he's at 18.4.
There are, of course, holes, such as the team's free throw shooting. WVU entered the game 15th, hitting just 63.6 percent, better only than Cincinnati. The Mountaineers, however, hit 22-of-31 on Saturday (71 percent) to reach 64.2 for the season.
Defensively, WVU was No. 12 among the Big East schools in scoring defense, allowing an average of 66.4 points. (It's now 66.1.) It was No. 14 in field goal percentage defense (43.5 percent). That is now 43.3.