Connecticut (8-6) - Marquette, at Cincinnati, at WVU, Notre Dame;
Cincinnati (8-6) - at Georgetown, Connecticut, at Marquette, Georgetown;
Marquette (7-7) - at Connecticut, Providence, Cincinnati, at Seton Hall.
I didn't include St. John's, because the Red Storm (17-9, 9-5) has a finish of DePaul, at Villanova, at Seton Hall and USF. Besides, with signature wins over Duke and Pitt, Coach Steve Lavin's team likely has put an exclamation point on its NCAA resume.
WVU, UConn and the Bearcats are in a three-way tie for eighth place. That line is a major border crossing, since teams 9-16 have to play on Day 1 of the Big East tournament.
"It's very hard," Jones said when asked about WVU's mindset after recent struggles against quality teams. "It's either (play better), or lose. It's one of the two. We're far from where we want to be right now, but I think winning (over ND) was a great shot for us."
Pitt has won 22 of its last 23 at home, and WVU's date Sunday at Rutgers (13-13, 4-10) is the ultimate trap game, considering when and where it comes. A UConn visit on March 2 to the Coliseum is large, because a few days later it could be a standings and seeding tiebreaker.
WVU has lost those potential tiebreakers to Syracuse, St. John's and Marquette, but owns one over Cincinnati.
Jones acknowledged what beating Notre Dame meant for impressing the NCAA committee, not to mention the emotional lift it gave WVU.
One key was the Mountaineer board work. For the first time this season, WVU won when it was beaten on the boards, but the 39-38 margin wasn't one of those 10 (St. John's, Marquette), 7 (Syracuse), 6 (Villanova) deficiencies, or worse.
"Pitt's a very hard team, especially up there," Jones said, "but Notre Dame showed Pitt can be beaten at home (56-51 last month). We've just got to play the whole 40 minutes. We played the first half really well here against Pitt and the second half was back and forth, but the last five minutes their seniors stepped up and took over.
"The rebounding, they beat us by something like 12 (40-28). We can't let that happen. We've got to stay after it. We've got to keep their crowd out of it as much as possible."
Jones said the Mountaineers "try not to think" they're in the NCAA field yet, but they know the computations. While others look at WVU's postseason worthiness, Jones said the 'Eers should look in the mirror.
"It's tough not being the same (31-7 Final Four) team as last year," the junior New Yorker said, "and we know we don't have the talent level and leadership we had. But for some reason, we find ourselves at times not playing as hard as we could.
"And that's our problem. If we play hard for 40 minutes, we can be a really good team. It's up to us."
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