MORGANTOWN, W.Va.- After a tumultuous 2018 season that consisted of suspensions, blow out losses, and ultimately a 4-14 Big 12 record, West Virginia looks to rebound in a big way in the 2019-2020 season.
Despite the record, the Mountaineers showed what they are capable of down the stretch to add intrigue to the upcoming season. Returning pieces, a new attitude and intriguing newcomers have put a spotlight on the upcoming season that has gotten fans excited about what this group can accomplish.
Formed around a nucleus of now sophomores Jordan McCabe and Emmitt Matthews Jr., the two look to give West Virginia a level of leadership that although apparently missing last season, has been the key to success in some of West Virginia’s best seasons.
“You can’t really tell the difference between the old guys and the news guys (this year). They get along great, they hang together. It’s a lot like the really good teams we’ve had in the past,” said Bob Huggins in a recent press conference.
McCabe and Matthews, while only averaging 5.8 and 5.4 points a game during the season respectively, both played their best basketball late in the campaign during the Big 12 tournament, leading the team to two big wins as the 10 seed, and showing the drive they have to flip the script for the 2019-2020 season.
“Jordan and Emmitt have been great. Those guys do a great job of trying to include everybody with everything they do,” said Huggins “They embrace some of the things that we’ve always done. I’m not sure that’s been the case the last few years.”
With many new faces on the roster this season, leadership will play as big of a factor in the teams success as it has in years, and could be the difference in making a deep run in the NCAA tournament for the Mountaineers.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS