Sunday, December 10, 2017

Mountaineers Pass Early Season Eye Test

Mountaineers Pass Early Season Eye Test

 

Six games into the 2014-2015 season, and the Mountaineer Men’s basketball team has a promising look to them. ┬áTo the eye, Head Coach Bob Huggins has assembled a more well-rounded basketball team then he has had in recent years.

In his post game interview after the VMI game in Charleston, Huggins emphasized that this team has had no time to “gel” and work on fundamentals, and he has a point. With the Puerto Rico tournament, the team has had one day to prepare for opponents.

Huggins said he looks forward to the 3 days of practice after the game with College of Charleston to focus on these things. Huggins also mentioned the fact that the team needed to get Billy Dee Williams and others healthy. Not only has the defensive press worn down opponents, it has also has taken its toll on the Mountaineers.

Comparing 1st 6 games from last season to this season

Category
2013-2014
2014-2015

Points Per Game
87.0
81.5

Points Allowed Per Game
69.2
63.5

Field Goal %
185/360 – 51.4%
176/423 – 41.6%

3 Point %
56/129 – 43.4%
43/138 – 31.2%

Free Throw %
92/142 – 64.8%
94/147 – 63.7%

Offensive Rebounds
59
125

Blocks
17
21

Opponents FG %
145/349 – 41.5%
138/295 – 46.8

Opponents 3 point %
39/127 – 30.7%
29/94 – 30.8%

Defensive Rebounds
156
122

Opponents Turnovers
93
144

Steals
44
85

 

The Mountaineers have 7 games remaining before entering conference play, starting Saturday with the College of Charleston (2-3), followed by LSU (3-2), Northern Kentucky (2-3), Marshall (3-2), North Carolina State (5-0), Wofford (5-1), and Virginia Tech (3-2). The schedule gives the Mountaineers a high probability of entering conference play either undefeated or with only one loss.

 

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