Morgantown, W. Va. – Monday night’s home throttling of the Texas Longhorns led to chants of “Macke! Macke!” from the student section. With time winding down, head coach Bob Huggins granted the request of his fans and put the walk-on in the game. On a move that later made the SportsCenter headlines, the freshman drained a three-pointer and the crowd, and teammates on the bench, erupted. Even Huggins cracked a smile in response to the three.
Macke has quickly become a fan favorite for the Mountaineers men’s basketball team this season. The Cincinnati native made his first appearance in for the Mountaineers during a home game against Nicholls State. Macke’s concern post-Nicholls State victory was to “just not to airball it.” Since scoring those first few points in December, the freshman has been 0-5 from the field before missing a three versus Texas and then subsequently draining the next one.
West Virginia went on to hand Texas their biggest Big 12 upset, defeating them 97-59 in the Coliseum Monday evening. The win came on the heels of West Virginia’s terrible loss in Manhattan, Kansas against the Kansas State Wildcats this past Saturday.
Most important from the win over the Longhorns is the team bench reaction of their loved freshman walk-on. The players were genuinely so excited for Macke, and ended up carrying him on their shoulders off the court post-game.
This year’s Mountaineers basketball team is truly something special, playing with a sense of brotherhood and true friendship for one another. Since the start of the season, the players have had a mentality of all for one and a team-first outlook on their games, whereas teams of the past have been much more individual player focused. Celebrating one another, passing the ball off to the walk-on for his chance to score, all examples of how this team cares about the success of the whole versus the success of the individual.
And they all cheer for Macke when he gets in the game.
It goes without saying that if this team keeps playing as one unit, cheering each other on and playing like they did Monday night; Macke is sure to see more playing time and this team is sure to make a name for themselves.