After the loss to Baylor, Coach Huggins said, “We are going to be alright.” He mentioned that the most positive players in the locker room are the freshman. Even though the team is a very young team, Huggins does not want them to use this as an excuse. During his post-game interview, freshman Daxter Miles Jr. commented on what the locker room was like after their 2nd straight loss, “Everyone just had their ears open, we had to listen to what coach said… we’ve been talking a lot, but we have to stop that and just listen more to get better because they are feeding us good advice, the more we listen the better we get and we’ve just got some things to work on and we will be fine.”
Watch WVU look for a much needed win tonight against Kansas State at 7:00 p.m. on ESPNU at the WVU Coliseum.
The first time these two teams met this season was at the Bramlage Coliseum, just 15 days ago, where the Mountaineers came away with the 65-59 victory. Both teams today are desperately searching for a win. WVU (18-5; 6-4) has lost two back to back by double digits, once away at Texas and most recently at home against Baylor. Kansas State (12-12; 5-6) has lost four straight.
Keys to Win
Daxter Miles Jr. brought up another great point during his post-game interview last Saturday: “…We got comfortable… We need to get back to how we played in Puerto Rico.” The team WVU fans saw during the Puerto Rico Tip-Off can be argued to be not the same team we have watched the past two games. This game for the Mountaineers can be very pivital in getting them back on track for post-season tournaments, but they should take it one game at a time.
Coach Huggins talked a lot about needing to get more shots in a game because they are not known as a shooting team. He said that rebounding and stealing can get you 18-20 more shots, and more shots gets you more scoring opportunities.
Health has been a huge hindrance for the Wildcats. Senior forward Nino Williams quickly became a threat to the Mountaineers in Manhattan, Kansas before missing the 2nd half with a knee injury. Now healthy, Williams can be a huge factor for Kansas State.
Tre Harris could be another key in the Wildcats search for a win. His important role will be to continue his hot streak with three pointers- he has hit seven outside shots in his past two games.
Information from: West Virginia Basketball game day packet, Huggins and player interviews after Baylor loss, and the Kansas City Star website.
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