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Mountaineers play host to Oklahoma State Cowboys, a must-win this Tuesday

Morgantown, W. Va. – The men’s basketball team is back in Morgantown after a grueling three-game losing streak that has many remembering the sadder times of the 2018-2019 season. Now back at home, West Virginia looks to get back on track with literally a half dozen games left in the regular season and leave the Coliseum singing “Country Roads” once more.

Following an away-loss to the true number one team in the country, Baylor, on Saturday, Huggins was quick in his post-game press conference to point out that we have not reached the end of times. “The sky hasn’t fallen,” Huggins pointed out. “It’s looked like it a couple times, but the sky hasn’t fallen.”

The Oklahoma State Cowboys come into Morgantown days after upsetting Texas Tech 73-70, moving their overall record on the season to 13-12. The Cowboys have a chance to truly make a negative impact on the rest of the season for the Mountaineers; record, conference tournament, March Madness seeding.

That’s essentially going down a rabbit hole of ‘what if’s’ and worst case scenarios, but for a team that had 22 turnovers against Baylor Saturday afternoon every second on the court counts. The Cowboys will come into Morgantown Tuesday night as the only Big 12 team with a winning record in the Coliseum, sitting at 5-2 as Oklahoma State hopes to make it 6-2 after Tuesday.

In his meeting with the media on Monday, Huggins was willing to point out that the team’s starting lineup is up for renegotiation, and that there’s no guarantees as to who will or won’t be starting at the 7:00 tip-off. Should the Mountaineers make the necessary changes needed to get to a victory, meaning scoring significantly more in the second half as just one checkbox, the Mountaineers will be a handful of wins away from a March that has the possibility to be nothing short of magical.

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