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West Virginia Mountaineers NCAA Tournament History, Notable Facts

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The West Virginia Mountaineers have a long history in the NCAA Tournament. Here we dive into that history and other notable facts about the Mountaineers’ appearances in March Madness.

West Virginia Mountaineers

NCAA Tournament Appearances: 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021.

Final Four Appearances: 1959, 2010.

National Championship Game Appearances: 1959.

National Titles: None.


Remember This About West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament

0-4: The Mountaineers started their history in the NCAA Tournament with four straight losses — vs. La Salle (95-61, 1955), vs. Dartmouth (61-59, 1956), vs. Canisius (64-65, 1957), and vs. Manhattan (89-84, 1958). La Salle was the defending national champion in 1955. The Mountaineers ended that losing streak with a first-round win over Dartmouth in the 1959 NCAA Tournament.      

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Four-Game Winning Streaks: The Mountaineers have won four straight games in the NCAA Tournament twice. In 1959, the Mountaineers, led by Jerry West, defeated Dartmouth in the first round (82-68), Saint Joseph’s in the Sweet 16 (95-92), Boston University in the Elite Eight (86-82), and Louisville in the Final Four (94-79). The streak ended with a 71-70 loss to California in the national championship game. That Cal team featured two future NBA Draft picks in Bob Dalton and Darrall Imhoff. As for the Mountaineers, West was the only future NBA player on the team. Bob Smith was a third-round pick of the Minneapolis Lakers, West’s future professional employer.


The second four-game winning streak came in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, as head coach Bob Huggins led the Mountaineers to wins over Morgan State in the first round (77-50), Missouri in the second round (68-59), Washington in the Sweet 16 (69-56) and Kentucky in the Elite Eight (73-66). The Mountaineers saw the streak end in the Final Four, losing to Duke, 78-57. The Blue Devils won the national title over Butler.     

‘Four’ Seeds: The Mountaineers have been a double-digit seed four times since the NCAA started seeding teams in 1979. The Mountaineers were a No. 11 seed in 1984, a No. 12 seed in 1992, a No. 10 seed in 1998 and a No. 10 seed in 2012. The Mountaineers got out of the first round twice as a double-digit seed. WVU beat Oregon State, 64-62, in 1984, before losing to Maryland in the second round, 102-77. In 1998 the Mountaineers were a Cinderella story to the Sweet 16, beating Temple (82-52) and Cincinnati (75-74), the latter led by WVU alum and future Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins. The Mountaineers lost in the Sweet 16 to Utah, 65-62.

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