The older West Virginia fans among you will remember the Don Nehlen effect. You remember what an epic struggle Nehlen predicted against the sisters of the poor anytime WVU wasn't 100% healthy. It's funny to look back on now, but at the time it placed that fear and doubt in your head. Generally for no good reason, but he had that effect on Mountaineer fans. He was a great coach, but man was it frustrating to hear him talk about how tough some sacrificial MAC team was.
Those things came back to me yesterday reading the reactions of Mountaineer fans to the news that Truck Bryant was out for the rest of the tourney. Thankfully, the team isn't having any of it.
"It's nothing too much to worry about," senior forward Da'Sean Butler said. "I think we'll be all right."
"This is what people do," Smith said. "They try to make a story out of nothing. I know this isn't 'nothing,' but I don't think it's as big of a story as people want to believe. We have enough guys and we have faith in every one of then. If we do what we're supposed to do, we'll be fine."
The rest of the article goes on to point out how the Mountaineers to a man feel like the Bryant injury doesn't change anything. They even go out of their way to poke fun at the media for even thinking there is a problem. The media doesn't seem to get it, though. But they will after tonight. Tip off is 730ish on CBS, and unfortunately I don't think Gus Johnson will be part of the broadcast team.