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Missed free throws could be difference maker for WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–After a disappointing season last year, the West Virginia basketball team is off to a great start with the potential to do big things this season.

The West Virginia basketball team is off to a 12-2 start but they very well could be undefeated. 

Both of WVU’s losses came in close contests to St. John’s and Kansas. The Red Storm came out on top in a one-point game while the Jayhawks won by seven.

Several things contributed to the losses and could have changed the outcome. However, missed free throws were huge in both loses. 

Against St. John’s the Mountaineers made 5-of-12 from the charity stripe and they made just 12-of-22 versus Kansas.

With some more free throws made, the outcome of the game changes.

“You’ve got to make shots at the right times,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said on the Jim Rome show earlier this week. “You got to hope sometimes that they miss shots at the right time. We’ve struggled at the free throw line and that shouldn’t be because we made a conscious effort to go out and recruit some guys that can shoot. We’ve really struggled at the free throw line. If we make free throws, we are probably undefeated right now.”

The Mountaineers’ struggles from the line have ensued in more games than the losses. 

On the season, WVU has shot 65 percent, making 215-of-330 free throws.

This year’s squad has the potential to do big things. If they can master making foul shots, a lengthy post season run could be in order.

From summer to now, Huggins’ young unit has improved tremendously. 

”We’re basically a really young team,” Huggins said. “We’re pretty much freshmen and sophomores. They’ve come a long way in a short period of time. If we keep continuing to improve on the defensive end and start making some shots, we just haven’t made any shots. I think we are very capable of making shots, we just haven’t made any.”

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Shanna Rose
Shanna Rose
WVU Graduate with a bachelor's in journalism and multimedia journalist. Sports Fan and sports writer. Former WVU News reporter. Contact Shanna on Twitter @SMR1837
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