Tyler Kolek of Marquette trolls West Virginia and sings “Country Roads”

The song began in the dying minute of Marquette’s 82-71 victory over West Virginia at the Charleston Classic on Friday night.

“Take Me Home, Country Roads” – an earworm made popular by John Denver – was adopted as the anthem by Mountaineers fans.

This time, MU fans co-opted it for themselves, feeling great after starting 5-0 in the Shaka Smart era.

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MU goalkeeper Tyler Kolek even entered the tone while his teammate Olivier-Maxence Prosper was at the free throw line.

“They say neutral soil,” Kolek said. “But it was probably 75% West Virginia fans. Once we started this run our fans kinda took over and their fans fell silent. I loved it when they were singing at the end. . was fun. “

Kolek had 18 points to help the Golden Eagles advance to Sunday’s championship game.

Both fan bases have a rich history with the song.

The last time the teams met before Friday was February 24, 2012. After MU’s 61-60 victory, former head coach Buzz Williams danced a jig near the West Virginia logo.

This drew the ire of Mountaineers fans, who mocked Williams during an interview with the ESPN team.

Luckily for Williams there was a strong security team in the arena. On the neutral floor, Kolek was safe.

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