MORGANTOWN - Here's what makes Big East basketball so fun to watch on one hand, and so difficult to play on the other.
West Virginia spent Saturday afternoon dispatching of No. 9 Georgetown, winning 74-62 at the Coliseum and snapping the Hoyas' 11-game winning streak.
Not much more than 24 hours later, the Mountaineers were on a plane headed for Hartford, Conn. That's where tonight they face No. 8 Connecticut.
True, the matchup has lost a bit of its luster with UConn's recent troubles.
The Huskies began defense of their national championship by starting out 12-1, but last week lost both ends of a New Jersey road trip, falling first to Seton Hall and then Saturday night at Rutgers.
Still, that just goes to show how brutal this league really is. West Virginia made the same road trip and felt fortunate to escape 1-1.
"It's hard to enjoy anything,'' West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said after Saturday's win against Georgetown. "The good and the bad thing about this league is that we only have one day to get ready for Connecticut.''
West Virginia (12-4, 3-1 Big East) faces UConn (12-3, 2-2) in a 7 p.m. game at the XL Center in Hartford. The game isn't part of ESPN's Big Monday package because that doesn't tip off until a week from today, but it will be televised by ESPN2.
Fortunately for the Mountaineers, this kind of short turn-around isn't unfamiliar. Huggins scheduled a couple of these during the non-conference portion of the schedule just to prepare his team for what it would face. This will be the fourth time already this season WVU has played with only one day of preparation, and that doesn't even include back-to-back games once in a Las Vegas tournament.
"We know what to expect. We know how to get our bodies and our minds ready for these games that come so fast,'' said West Virginia forward Kevin Jones. "We've been through this before. We'll be ready.''
In truth, West Virginia's quick turnaround and games against back-to-back Top 25 teams is not that unusual.
In the 41/2 seasons since Huggins returned to his alma mater, the Mountaineers are fast approaching 50 games against ranked opponents. In fact, since the 2004-05 season that ended in the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight, West Virginia has averaged 11 games per season against ranked teams.