Next meeting: At least one game at West Virginia, or a home-and-home two-game series if the Big East schedule calls for it.
Last season: UConn never looked better in defeating No. 8 West Virginia 73-62 at the XL Center on Feb. 22. It was the Huskies' third consecutive victory and second over a top 10 team in a week -- a victory that had them feeling good about their NCAA Tournament hopes, yet one that was followed with a home loss to Louisville and a four-game losing streak. Kemba Walker led the way with 21 points and Jerome Dyson's defense on Da'Sean Butler was key.
The game featured a last-minute meltdown by West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, who was ejected after arguing with officials.
West Virginia went on to finish second in the Big East and win the conference tournament, defeating Georgetown in the championship game. The Mountaineers then went on to reach the Final Four, losing to Duke in a national semifinal. Their final record was 31-7.
Who's gone, who's back: The Mountaineers lost forward Da'Sean Butler, who averaged 17.2 points and 6.2 rebounds as one of the most complete players in the nation last season. Also gone is forward Devin Ebanks, who has left for the NBA after two seasons in Morgantown.
The third member of the vaunted front line is back. Kevin Jones averaged 13.5 points and 7.2 rebounds last season as a sophomore. Guard Darryl "Truck" Bryant, an AAU teammate of Walker, returns to run the point. Bryant will be able to tutor highly touted point guard Noah Cottrill, a West Virginia native who highlights the three-player recruiting class. Guard Casey Mitchell and Joe Mazzula, both seniors, will have more opportunities to contribute.
The UConn-West Virginia rivalry: UConn leads the all-time series 14-5, in a series that dates to 1963. UConn is 8-0 in the series at home and Jim Calhoun is 4-1 head-to-head against Huggins, one of those meetings coming when Huggins was at Cincinnati.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun