The importance of board scores

When West Virginia and Kentucky clash, missed shots may decide the outcome

Updated: March 26, 2010, 9:17 AM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider

The Instant Intel series is designed to immediately respond to a team's victory by looking ahead to its next opponent.

It took less than four minutes.

Entering Thursday night's matchup against the No. 11 Washington Huskies, the slow-paced No. 2 West Virginia Mountaineers led the NCAA tournament field by allowing just two transition baskets in 80 minutes of tournament play, according to the ESPN Stats & Information team. By the 16:09 mark in the first half, the speedy Huskies had their two transition buckets after a rare barrage of Mountaineers turnovers.

But it didn't matter. The tortoise won this race.