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West Virginia yuks it up all night long

From start to finish in the game that got West Virginia to the Final Four, the Mountaineers never quite broke character in staying loose and ultimately had their fun against Kentucky.

It began as soon as they took the floor for the biggest game of their lives, with that simple act being turned into a prank, according to the Charleston Daily Mail:

The pep band played their song. The fans sprang suddenly to their feet and cheered. Jonnie West was first to squeak his sneakers across the floor. Then came Cam Payne.

And that was it.

"Once we saw Jonnie and Cam go out there, we stopped to see how far they'd go before they noticed," said point guard Joe Mazzulla, who with teammate Cam Thoroughman orchestrated this Elite Eight prank.

West and Payne eventually realized it and Mazzulla and Thoroughman led the rest of the laughing Mountaineers toward tipoff against Kentucky.

And after the win, it was atop the scorer's table where West Virginia's John Flowers did a famous flex, according to Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times:

Flowers did the "John Wall Dance," moves that gained national popularity during the Kentucky guard's dynamic freshman season. Soon after, several of his Mountaineers teammates joined him in celebration and ridicule. West Virginia, full of hardened, underrated athletes, couldn't resist making sure the world understood what it had done.