Morgantown, W.Va. – If you stop and think about the last three games of the 2018-2019 season, West Virginia basketball fans sure do have a lot to be thankful for. Fifteen plus wins and a heck of a lot of talent. There was a point in this season where expectations were on the closer end to unrealistic; deep tournament runs and all of the woes from last year erased.
Today, that’s just not the case.
The Mountaineers have taken a backward slide down the AP Poll the last two weeks and their games have not looked like they did back in November and December (that Ohio State win looks years away).
West Virginia’s record for the month of February is a sore spot to look at, as the team is currently 4-6 this month with a Leap Day rematch with the Oklahoma Sooners who beat the Mountaineers by ten points several weeks ago in Stillwater.
Oklahoma, Iowa State and Baylor. Three games left before the Mountaineers play for their lives in the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri. Two of the last three games of the regular season are in Morgantown, with Baylor being the regular season finale. The Mountaineers have executed well at home this season and the next two Saturdays will be imperative to the month of March.
If you’ve watched any of the games in the month of February, you’ve seen this change in the team. Did they fizzle out too quickly for the season? What’s changed with this team? Post-game conference after conference has seen an increasingly frustrated and dejected Coach Huggins. Yes, the team is very young, but at some point youth is no longer the excuse and the team needs to do something to figure out how to improve in the last three games of the month, and of the regular season.
There is still plenty of time to turn around the month of February and get a solid seeding for the Big 12 tournament. In order to make that turnaround, there needs to be some sort of 180 degree turn around and it needs to happen fast. If the Mountaineers can make a turn around, there’s a greater chance of some magic in March.