West Virginia's Butler has torn ACL

INDIANAPOLIS, April 4 (UPI) -- West Virginia star senior Da'Sean Butler tore a knee ligament during Saturday's Final Four loss to Duke, school officials confirmed Sunday.

COL BKB: West Virginia 73, Kentucky 66

SYRACUSE, N.Y., March 27 (UPI) -- Da'Sean Butler and Joe Mazzulla combined for 35 points Saturday as West Virginia beat Kentucky 73-66 in the East Region final of the NCAA Tournament.

COL BKB: West Virginia 53, Notre Dame 51

NEW YORK, March 13 (UPI) -- Da'Sean Butler scored 24 points Friday and West Virginia survived a missed 3-pointer to defeat Notre Dame 53-51 and reach the Big East title game.

COL BKB: West Virginia 68, Villanova 66

PHILADELPHIA, March 6 (UPI) -- Da'Sean Butler's running jumper from the lane with 5.7 seconds left lifted No. 8 West Virginia to a 68-66 win over No. 9 Villanova Saturday.

COL BKB: Connecticut 73, West Virginia 62

HARTFORD, Conn., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Kemba Walker scored 21 points and Stanley Robinson had 15 points and 13 rebounds Monday in Connecticut's 73-62 upset win over No. 7 West Virginia.

COL BKB: West Virginia 75, Seton Hall 63

MORGANTOWN, W.Va., Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Kevin Jones scored 16 points and added nine rebounds in leading No. 8 West Virginia to a 75-63 win Saturday over Seton Hall.

COL BKB: West Virginia 88, Providence 74

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Eighth-ranked West Virginia, led by Devin Ebanks' 21-point effort, took charge with an early 23-0 spurt Wednesday and went on to crush Providence 88-74.

COL BKB: West Virginia 62, DePaul 46

ROSEMONT, Ill., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Devin Ebanks, Wellington Smith, Darryl Bryant and Da'Sean Butler had 14 points each Tuesday to lead No. 9 West Virginia past DePaul 62-46.

COL BKB: Louisville 69, West Va. 63

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Jerry Smith scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half Saturday and seventh-ranked Louisville hung on to top Big East Conference foe West Virginia, 69-63.

COL BKB: West Virginia 75, Arizona 65

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) -- Alex Ruoff and Darris Nichols teamed to hit nine three-pointers Thursday in carrying West Virginia to a 75-65 decision over Arizona in the NCAA Tournament.

COL BKB: Georgetown 72, West Virginia 55

NEW YORK, March 14 (UPI) -- Roy Hibbert led No. 9 Georgetown on a late surge Friday that advanced the Hoyas into the Big East Tournament finals with a 72-55 win over West Virginia.

COL BKB: West Virginia 78, Connecticut 72

NEW YORK, March 13 (UPI) -- Joe Alexander scored 34 points Thursday to help West Virginia down No. 15 Connecticut 78-72 in the quarterfinals of the men's Big East Tournament in New York.

COL BKB: Georgetown 58. West Virginia 57

MORGANTOWN, W.Va., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Jessie Sapp scored 15 points, including a three-pointer with 6.2 seconds left Saturday, to pace ninth-ranked Georgetown to a 58-57 victory over West Virginia.

COL BKB: West Virginia 79, Marquette 64

MORGANTOWN, W.Va., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- West Virginia's Alex Rouff and Joe Alexander scored 19 points each Sunday, pacing the Mountaineers to a 79-64 upset over No. 11 Marquette.

COL BKB: West Va. 78, Clemson 73

NEW YORK, March 29 (UPI) -- Frank Young had 24 points and five rebounds Thursday night to lead West Virginia over Clemson, 78-73, in the NIT championship game at New York.
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Da'Sean Butler
West Virginia Mountaineers' Da'Sean Butler (1) shoots over Georgetown Hoyas' Roy Hibbert (55), during the first half at the Verizon Center in Washington on February 12, 2007. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Da'Sean Butler (born January 25, 1987 in Newark, New Jersey) is a forward for the West Virginia Mountaineers. He has made the Big East weekly honor multiple times and has been instrumental in many of the Mountaineers' wins. Butler is considered an extremely versatile player and is considered a late first-round NBA draft prospect.

Da'Sean Butler played basketball in high school at Bloomfield Tech High School. As a junior, Butler averaged 15.7 points per game. As a senior, Butler earned all-state honors while averaging 15.1 points per game and 11 rebounds per game. He scored 1,044 career points and led his school to 97 wins. He played in the Jordan All-American Classic regional game at the end of his high school career.

Butler came into West Virginia University as the basketball team lostKevin Pittsnogle and Mike Gansey. Under head coach John Beilein, the new Mountaineers squad was led by forward Frank Young and guard Darris Nichols. However, Butler played in all 36 games off the bench. Butler started the season 11 points against Mount St. Mary's, with a season-high 21 points against Seton Hall. Against Slippery Rock, Butler had 15 points and nine rebounds off the bench, then had eight points against Arkansas. He had 9 points against North Carolina State, then 10 points and six rebounds against Duquesne. Butler scored 14 points against The Citadel, 16 points against UConn, 7 points against Villanova, and then six points against St. John's. He then scored 9 points and a season-high 10 rebounds against Notre Dame, followed by 12 points and six rebounds against South Florida. Butler then had 14 points and 8 rebounds against Cincinnati, 17 points against Rutgers, and a team-high 14 points against Pittsburgh in the Backyard Brawl. In the huge upset win over UCLA, Butler had 13 points, while scoring 17 points against Louisville in the Big East Tournament. The Mountaineers eventually made it in the NIT Tournament, and all the way to the finals. In the finals win against Clemson, Butler had 20 points, as the Mountaineers were named NIT Champions.

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