SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- On Friday, West Virginia radio analyst Jay Jacobs, who played on the Mountaineers' last Final Four team in 1959 with Jerry West, said what coach Bob Huggins has done in three years at his alma mater has been "miraculous."
The 72-year old Jacobs then quickly added "but he's not done yet."
No, he's not.
Behind a career night from redshirt junior point guard Joe Mazzulla and a first-half 3-point shooting barrage, the Mountaineers upset Kentucky 73-66 in the East Region final Saturday night.
It will be Huggins' first Final Four appearance since guiding Cincinnati to the 1992 Final Four. Second-seeded West Virginia (31-6) advances to play Sunday's Duke-Baylor winner in the Final Four April 3 in Indianapolis.
The Wildcats (35-3) were the third No. 1 seed eliminated in the 2010 NCAA tournament with Duke the only one remaining.
The Big East tournament champion Mountaineers won their 10th consecutive game in allowing more than 60 points for the first time in seven games.
Mazzulla, who started only because of Truck Bryant's broken foot early this week, fouled out with 2:21 remaining. He finished with 17 points, three assists and two steals.
WVU senior Da'Sean Butler had 18 points and six rebounds, while Kevin Jones added 13 points and eight rebounds and Devin Ebanks 12 points and seven rebounds.
Freshman John Wall, in likely his final game at Kentucky, led the Wildcats with 19 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals.
The most glaring statistic of the night from the Carrier Dome was the 3-point shooting. All eight of West Virginia's first-half baskets were 3-pointers and the Mountaineers finished 10-for-23 from 3-point range, compared to 4-for-31 for Kentucky.
The Wildcats, who saw their eight-game winning streak end, missed their first 20 3-pointers until DeAndre Liggins' 3-pointer with only 3:25 remaining in the game. The Wildcats also struggled at the free throw line, missing 13 of 29 free throws.
In the Wildcats' two East Region games, they were 6-for-48 from 3-point range.
Despite being nine inches shorter and more than 70 pounds lighter, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Mazzulla harassed Kentucky's 6-foot-11, 270-pound center DeMarcus Cousins down low in WVU's zone defense.
Cousins was continually frustrated, although he finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Leading 28-26 at halftime, West Virginia hit its first three shots of the second half, including 3-pointers by Jones and John Flowers, opening a 36-26 lead.
West Virginia's first nine baskets were all 3-pointers until Mazzulla's layup nearly two minutes into the second half. At that point, WVU was 10 for 17 from 3-point range and 0 for 16 on 2-point attempts.
West Virginia led at halftime despite not making any 2-point shots. The Mountaineers scored all their first-half points on either 3-pointers or free throws. They were 8 for 15 from 3-point range and missed all 16 of their 2-point attempts.
It was the first NCAA tournament game since Marquette in 2007 that a team did not hit a 2-pointer in a half.
The Mountaineers shot 25.8 percent in the first half and were outrebounded 29-13 -- but still owned a two-point lead.
Kentucky dominated inside in the opening half with Patrick Patterson (eight rebounds), Wall (eight points, seven rebounds) and Cousins (six points, five rebounds), but the Wildcats missed all eight 3-pointers.
West Virginia opened the game by hitting its first two baskets -- both 3-pointers -- but then went 6:34 without a basket and missed nine consecutive shots as Kentucky opened up a 13-6 lead.
The Mountaineers came back behind Butler, who hit four of five first-half 3-pointers.
With the victory, Huggins improved to 8-1 all-time against Kentucky coach John Calipari, although this was their first meeting with Huggins at West Virginia and Calipari at Kentucky.
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