The West Virginia Mountaineers team represents the men’s basketball team of the West Virginia University at the NCAA Division I competitions. The team is an active member of the Big East Conference. They play their home games at WVU Coliseum in West Virginia that has a capacity to hold 14,000 spectators at a time. The Mountaineers are currently coached under Bob Huggins.
The team started their legacy in 1955 and appeared for their first NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) the same season. In the early years, Jerry West joined the Mountaineers as a Guard and helped the team rise to their very first number 1 rankings. The winning team also grabbed the Southern Conference Tournament. Later on, the squad also clinched the Southern Conference Title for 3 straight seasons. Jerry West was named the Most Valuable Player for the 1970-71 season for scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds.
After West graduated from college, Rod Thorn joined the team as a Guard. He helped the team pile up a 23-4 record along with a 11-1 record for the conference. Unfortunately the Pitts lost their Championship final for the first time in 4 years. They also could not make it to the NCAA Tournament because of a 76-88 loss to William & Mary.
The senior squad from 2001 till 2005 season was regarded as one of the greatest teams that the school had ever seen. With Frank Young and Mike Gansey at the starting lineup and Johannes Herber and J. D. Collins playing at Guard. Gansey and Kevin Pittsnogle, both Most Valuable Players, were named amongst the All-Big East team. The team has performed well under Huggins who joined them in 2007.
The team had made 22 NCAA Tournament appearances, with 5 Sweet Sixteen and 1 Final Four appearances.
The team won the Conference tournament championship 12 times till now.