As WVU prepares to take on the Kentucky Wildcats tomorrow, the game bears many similarities to another game against Kentucky where WVU went against not only John Calipari’s Wildcats, but all of Wildcat nation, odds-makers and what seemed like the entire world.
WVU was on fire from behind the arc in the first half, hitting ten three-pointers. The Mountaineers utilized a 1-3-1 zone, and their length forced Kentucky to take jump shots rather than working it inside.
Eventually, the Mountaineers pulled off the upset, and went on to advance to the Final Four.
MARCH 27, 2010 IN THE CARRIER DOME IN SYRACUSE. WVU 73, KENTUCKY 66
Da’Sean Butler- (18 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal)
Butler shined in his Elite Eight performance, playing all 40 minutes and hitting four three-pointers and setting the tone as the leader of the Mountaineers.
Since then, Butler was drafted in the second-round of the NBA draft by the Miami Heat. Butler also had a stint in the NBA D-League with the Austin Spurs, where in 37 games in 2011-12, Butler averaged 11 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
Internationally, Da’Sean Butler has played in Latvia, Belgium and France. This season for Chalons-Reims in France, Butler is averaging 10.5 points per game, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists.
Chalons-Reims is currently battling for a playoff spot in the French ProA league, and have gotten hot of late, winning seven of their last nine games. At 13-12, they currently sit in 10th place, but are only one game back in the loss column of the team that sits in fourth.
Joe Mazzulla- (17 points, three assists, two steals, one rebound)
Joe Mazzulla was perhaps the catalyst to the Mountaineers victory on March 27, 2010, playing 30 minutes, great defense, and getting to the basket against the tall Kentucky front line. Mazzulla also made 6-of-8 free throws and made one shot from behind the arc.
Since his time with WVU basketball, Mazzulla has turned to coaching. He spent two years as a coach at Glenville State,
helping to lead them to the second round of the WVIAC Tournament.
Currently, Mazzulla serves as an assistant to former WVU assistant coach Jerrod Calhoun at Fairmont State University. Mazzulla is in his second season as an assistant for the Fighting Falcons, and has hosted basketball camps and clinics during the summers at Fairmont State.
Kevin Jones- (13 points, eight rebounds, two blocks)
Kevin Jones had a strong showing in the upset of the Wildcats, hitting 3-of-6 from behind the arc and pulling down eight rebounds against a much taller from line from Kentucky.
Professionally, Jones averaged 3 points per game for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2012-13 season. Jones played an average of 10 minutes per game and pulled down 2.4 boards per contest.
Jones has spent time with the Indiana Pacers and New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA Summer League, and with the Canton Charge in the NBA D-League as well as with with D-League Select team in the NBA Summer League.
Internationally, Jones has played with the San Miguel Beerman in the Philippines and more recently with Cholet in France.
Jones made his debut on February 28 this year for Cholet and has played in four games with the club since, scoring 2, 21, 23, and 20 points in those contests.
Devin Ebanks- (12 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal)
Devin Ebanks played effective defense in the win over Kentucky and would leave the Mountaineers to turn professional after the season.
Ebanks was drafted 43rd overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 draft, and would play in 63 games with the club, starting 15. Ebanks averaged 3.6 points and 1.9 rebounds for L.A. during his career.
Ebanks also played for the Texas Legends and Springfield Armor in the NBA D-League. Ebanks was touted as the top prospect in the D-League in 2014 and spent time with the D-League select team in the 2014 NBA Summer League.
Ebanks has played internationally in Puerto Rice, Israel and most recently Mexico for the Vera Cruz Red Hawks, where he averages 17.8 points per game to go along with 5.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists.
Wellington Smith- (4 points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal)
Smith put together a solid effort in the upset of UK in 2010, and has remained around basketball ever since.
Before getting injured, Smith played in six professional games in Japan, where he averaged 7.3 points and 2.2 rebounds.
As described by WVUPros in January, Smith has been working with a company called GameChanger Media Inc., which allows to keep stats during sports events on their mobile device.
Wellington Smith also started the Wellington Smith Basketball Academy and has worked with high school players.
John Flowers- (Four points, four rebounds, four assists, three blocks)
Flowers contributed an all-around effort against Kentucky in the 2010 Elite Eight in 23 minutes of action.
The Mountaineer forward has since played professional basketball in Japan and France, currently with JL Bourg in the same league as Jones and Butler.
Flowers is in his second season with Bourg, and is averaging 12.8 points per game along with 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
WVU only saw six players players play significant minutes in the Kentucky upset, but has seen the bench players go on to different basketball careers in the time since.
Jonnie West is currently the Co-General Manager of the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA D-League, Truck Bryant leads the NBL (CZech Republic) in scoring at 19 points per game, Dan Jennings is playing professionally in Puerto Rico, Deniz Kilicli is playing professional ball in Turkey and Casey Mitchell has played pro basketball in the NBA D-League, Israel, Greece, Slovenia and Germany. Cam Thoroughman, who played seven minutes in the contest in 2010, currently works as a human resources consultant for Marathon Oil.
The Mountaineers will try and pull off an even greater upset of Kentucky tomorrow night around 10 p.m., on CBS.