The fall West Virginia star Da'Sean Butler took with 9:14 left in the Mountaineers' win over Washington in the East Regional semifinals Thursday night at the Carrier Dome looked a whole lot worse than it turned out to be. Butler crashed to the court, trying to brace himself with his right hand and then landed hard with his arm pinned behind his back and actually bounced once.
Pain was instant and intense judging by the way Butler squirmed on the floor, seeming unable to get his arm out from under his body. "I cried like a little girl," he said with a smile at Friday's interview session for which he showed up with his shooting hand wrapped in ice.
Considering Butler has made six game-winning shots this season, his shooting hand is worth many times it's weight in gold to the Mountaineers, who face Kentucky in the East final Saturday night for a berth in the Final Four. But Butler insisted, "I'm fine. My hand is good to go. I'm taking care of things for precautionary reasons before it gets to a certain level where I can't do anything with it.
"I was shooting really well a second ago in practice, so, hopefully, I will carry that onto the court. We had a very full practice. Everything is going according to plan. I don't see any wrenches or anything going on right now."