MORGANTOWN - You'd be doing Truck Bryant a disservice to remember his career for one bad game or series of games or even for underperforming as a senior when, in reality, his numbers are about what they've always been throughout his career.
In some cases, he's been better.
Nor would it be fair to think any less of what Kevin Jones has done in his final season and the way he changed how people in the NBA view him, just because his numbers have dipped as his West Virginia team reached the end of the regular season.
Yet, reality can be a cruel beast and what happens these next two or three games for the Mountaineers - a critical stretch that has to be shaped by the team's only two seniors - goes a long way to cementing how time and how fans will remember Bryant and Jones.
"I feel like there's unfinished business to be done," Jones said.
"You definitely don't want to go out and lose on your Senior Night.
"You want to go to the NCAA Tournament in your last year in college. There's definitely a lot of stuff to be done. I hope we get that done and I believe we can get that done."
Only three Mountaineers have played in the NCAA Tournament all four years, and Bryant and Jones were teammates for three of the four times Jonnie West, Cam Thoroughman and John Flowers went dancing.
Bryant and Jones can join the club, but they have to do what recent events have convinced many they cannot do. They have to win the final two games of the season.
That begins tonight with the 7 p.m. home game against lowly DePaul, which hasn't beaten WVU since 1945 and is 0-6 since joining the Big East. The Blue Demons (11-17, 2-14 Big East) have lost eight straight games and are 1-7 on the road in conference play.
The Mountaineers (17-12, 7-9), who despite their record and recent rut are actually in a favorable position for an at-large bid to a fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, just can't lose this game.
Coach Bob Huggins said Monday his fifth WVU team would be safe at 9-9 in conference play. He knows no Big East team has made an at-large appearance with a conference record below .500 since 1994.
Oh, sure, the Mountaineers could lose and still make noise in the Big East Tournament. They could win it, but they'd need five wins in five days. WVU has one five-game winning streak this season. It was spread across 14 days and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Tennessee Tech aren't invited to Madison Square Garden.
WVU could make a deep run, but the Mountaineers are 2-7 in their last nine games and haven't won back-to-back games since beating Rutgers, Marshall and Cincinnati in the middle of January.