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Guard J.D. Collins’ seven assists last Thursday in the first round against Creighton tied the West Virginia record for assists in an NCAA Tournament game ( Lee Patrone against Villanova in 1960, Kenny Ward against Villanova in 1962, Steve Barger Tennessee in 1989 and Greg Jones against Temple in 1998).

  • Center D’or Fischer’s three blocks last Saturday in the second round against Wake Forest tied the WVU tournament record ( Donnie Gibson against North Carolina A&T in 1982, Tim Kearney against James Madison in 1983, Ray Foster against Duke in 1989 and Brian Lewin against Cincinnati in 1998).

  • Mike Gansey’s 44 minutes against Wake Forest fell one short of matching the Mountaineers’ tournament record (45 by Patrone and Jerry West against NYU in 1960).

  • Fischer’s double-double against Wake Forest (15 points, 10 boards) was WVU’s fifth of the season and the first not registered by Gansey .

  • Collins 13 assists in two games moved him ahead of West (261) and Tim Lyles (262) and into 16th place on the Mountaineers’ all-time list (269).

  • The 111-105 win over Wake Forest constituted WVU’s first 100-point game since Dec. 15, 2001 (102-86 over Robert Morris), the first time it allowed 100 points since Feb. 20, 2001 (107-100 over Villanova) and its first double-overtime game since Feb. 20, 2001 (Villanova).

  • West Virginia is making its 19th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and has compiled an overall tournament record of 15-18, including 2-0 this season. In NCAA and National Invitation tournament appearances combined, West Virginia owns a record of 31-33. The Mountaineers’ best finish in the NCAA Tournament was in 1959, when, led by Jerry West , they reached the championship game in Louisville, Ky., losing to California, 71-70. Prior to this season, the Mountaineers’ most recent appearance in the NCAA Tournament occurred in 1998, which also was the year they last advanced to the Sweet 16. In addition, it was WVU’s first appearance in the Sweet 16 since the tournament expanded to the 64-team format.

  • Following its 111-105 double-overtime victory over No. 5 Wake Forest on Saturday, West Virginia is 7-5 against AP Top 25 teams this season.

  • Texas Tech coach Bob Knight is making his 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, tying him with former North Carolina coach Dean Smith for most tournament appearances. Knight picked up his 854th career victory on Saturday and trails Smith by 25 for the all-time lead.

  • Knight is 0-1 all-time against West Virginia, losing, 74-71, on Dec. 11, 1970, as coach of then-No. 14 Army.

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    1955 Year of West Virginia’s first NCAA Tournament appearance, making this season its 50th anniversary.

    200 Career steals for Texas Tech senior guard Ronald Ross, a former walk-on who is the school’s career leader.

    2 Sweet 16 appearances for West Virginia since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams.

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