Guard Jevon Carter lead the Mountaineers with 18 points in their statement win against Oklahoma on Tuesday night. After the 86-65 win, he addressed the media and talked about the importance of this win. Carter mentioned that coach Huggins believes that if you want to win the league, you have to win at home. He also said, “We knew we could not lose at home two games in a row.”
During Juwan Staten’s player press conference he also talked about how important the recent win is to the team. Staten mentions how hard a win is to come by in the BIG 12 conference because there are no bad teams, you could lose on any night. The win…”says a lot about the team being able to bounce back so fast and win like this against a team like this,” Staten said Tuesday night.
This win is keeping the team’s spirits high and they are ready to keep winning, starting with today’s game in Texas.
Tip-off in Austin, Texas is at 6:15 p.m.on ESPN.
This game is vital to the Longhorn’s after coming off of back to back losses against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. This puts them 8th in the BIG 12 and ranked #20 in the AP poll, they dropped from #10 with the loss to the Cowboy’s.
Below is the team’s RPI comparative for the 2014-2015 season:
Texas strengths: They are known for their ability to rebound the basketball, both defensively and offensively. Texas is ranked 3rd in rebounds on defense (29) and 4th in rebounds on offense (42.9). This makes it important for the Mountaineers to make a higher percent of their shots and keep Texas away from the basket with their full court press defense. Also, the Longhorn’s are 2nd overall in blocks per game with 7.7.
WVU strengths: The Mountaineers are ranked 20th in points per game with 78.8, and 1st in steals per game with 13. Another thing that could play in favor for WVU is the depth on their bench. They have 12 players with significant impact and playing time.
With the defensive ability to steal the ball for WVU, this could definitely play in their favor by keeping the Longhorn’s from getting second chance points by rebounds on offense. With the high rebounding on defense for Texas, the Mountaineer’s must focus on the ability to score.
Information from: After the Oklahoma game press conference, espn.com, and smoking musket.com.