Sep 23

Poll: Should video review be allowed in telecast games?

Huntington's Arick Nicks shoots the game-winning free throw with 2.5 seconds remaining on the clock to push the Highlanders to a 55-54 win over Hurricane in the 2014 state championship game. (screen grab via MetroNews telecast)

Huntington’s Arick Nicks shoots the game-winning free throw with 2.5 seconds remaining on the clock to push the Highlanders to a 55-54 win over Hurricane in the 2014 state championship game. (screen grab via MetroNews telecast)

The couch is the best view in the house… at least for seeing what really happened after a play. The replay gives viewers at home a much better view of what happened than any other fan in the game, and likely a better view than any referee got.

Internet connectivity is spreading to more schools and live-broadcasting is becoming a less-expensive thing to do, so Internet broadcasts of West Virginia high school athletic events are becoming more common. In the Kanawha Valley, the Regional News Register is producing the WCHS “Web Extra” game of the week, which was the Huntington vs Cabell Midland football rivalry last week. RSN Sports handles many broadcasts around the state, including the state quarterfinal and semifinal basketball games last year. MetroNews handles the basketball championship game telecast as well as the radio broadcasts for all tournament games.

Video replay is used in almost every major sport now. At the college level, the NCAA voted over the summer to expand its video replay rules to allow officials to use replay to determine which player committed a foul; it could already be used to determine whether a shot was a two or three-point shot, whether a shot beat the buzzer, and which player was fouled. There are no rules on the books in West Virginia regarding video replay,  but technology has caught up with the books. There needs to be a rule, but what should the rule be? Let us know:

Should video replay be allowed for official review in games that have a TV crew? (select up to three answers)

  • Yes, always (75%, 3 Votes)
  • No, never (25%, 1 Votes)
  • Only in the state tournament (25%, 1 Votes)
  • Only if it's a live, not tape-delayed, broadcast (25%, 1 Votes)
  • Only if both coaches agree to it before the game (25%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 4

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Voting ends Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Comments are welcome below.

Sep 14

Poll: What’s the best way to prepare for basketball season?

Girls basketball practice begins November 10 and boys basketball practice starts November 17. We’re still two months away from hitting the hardwood again, but in the meantime, we know the most dedicated athletes are out there finding their own ways to mentally and physically prepare for the 2014-2015 season. That leads us to our Basketball Night web poll question of the week…

What's the best preparation for the season besides being in the gym?

  • Lifting weights/conditioning (90%, 9 Votes)
  • Shooting around after school (10%, 1 Votes)
  • Participating in a fall sport (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Watching film (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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Voting ends Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Comments are welcome below.

Sep 11

Poll: Where should the state tournament be hosted after 2015?

Charleston Civic Center

The Civic Center before a 2014 state tournament game.

Basketball fans from across the state flock to Charleston every year for the boys and girls state basketball tournaments in mid-March. The 13,000 seat Charleston Civic Center coliseum fosters a college basketball-like atmosphere during the championship games, and no doubt, players vie to play on the same court that plays host to the Capital Classic games between West Virginia and Marshall universities every year.

Charleston has a long history of hosting the state’s showcase high school basketball event. According to the West Virginia Encyclopedia, Charleston has been the home of the high school basketball tournament since 1972 – though the tournament was hosted in Morgantown from 1979-1980 while the Civic Center was under construction.

The WVSSAC’s contract with the Charleston Civic Center runs up at the end of the 2014-2015 season. WVSSAC will soon have to vote to keep the tournament at the Civic Center, or perhaps take it somewhere else.

Members of the media loathe the Civic Center’s WiFi, which fails year after year under the load of thousands of fans’ phones, causing somewhat of a media blackout during the tournament sometimes. But we want to hear from the fans, players and coaches:

The WVSSAC's contract with the Charleston Civic Center expires in 2015. Where should the basketball state tourney be held after this season?

  • Charleston Civic Center (57%, 13 Votes)
  • WVU Coliseum (Morgantown) (30%, 7 Votes)
  • Cam Henderson Center (Huntington) (9%, 2 Votes)
  • Other (Tweet it at us! @Hoops_Roundup) (4%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 23

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Voting ends Friday, Sept. 12 at 11:59 p.m. Comments are welcome below.

Aug 27

BasketballNight.com gets revamped!

Rest in peace, old Basketball Night website.

Rest in peace, old Basketball Night website.

Check it out! BasketballNight.com just got a huge overhaul in preparation for our second year on-the-air.

We hope to make our new website a must-visit page for the latest on West Virginia high school basketball. Of course, you can get the most in-depth coverage of high school hoops in West Virginia on-the-air with us Fridays from 9pm-midnight starting December 5, 2014. But we’ll be posting the latest scores, select segments / interviews, full show podcasts and thoughts and ramblings from the crew onto this website and to our Twitter feed.

Look around our website and familiarize yourself with where everything is located now. And don’t forget to vote in our latest web poll to tell us what you think!

What would you like to see more of on Basketball Night's new website?

  • Game scores as they come in (71%, 5 Votes)
  • Interview clips from shows (14%, 1 Votes)
  • Blogs/commentary from the hosts (14%, 1 Votes)
  • More photos (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Nothing! That's what radio is for. (1%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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