West Virginia wears down (fill in the blank)

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Here’s a familiar headline for a Bob Huggins team: “West Virginia wears down …”.

In this case, it was Clemson in the first round of the NCAA tournament that took the brunt of playing a big, physical team that hits the boards and is aggressive on the perimeter.

It probably helped that Clemson was still tired from its First Four game against UAB on Tuesday night – Clemson arrived  in Tampa around  5 a.m. Wednesday and coach Brad Brownell said he got about 3 hours of sleep – but that couldn’t have mattered as much as the West Virginia defense.

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The Mountaineers’ gift as a result? A likely second-round matchup with No. 4 seed Kentucky. West Virginia beat Kentucky in the Elite Eight last season.

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