Mountaineers Heading Into a Storm

  • By John Antonik
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  • February 08, 2013 02:29 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Bob Huggins said after Monday night’s 60-58 victory over Texas that West Virginia’s next opponent, TCU, was going to get somebody in the Big 12 this year. At the time, the Horned Frogs were 0-8 in league play and were facing fifth-ranked Kansas on Wednesday night in Fort Worth.

Well, it turns out Huggins is now clairvoyant in addition to being a heck of a basketball coach. TCU shocked the college basketball world by knocking off Kansas, 62-55, in Fort Worth in one of the biggest upset victories of the year.

“I’m kind of surprised they beat Kansas, but you watch the game and they played really well,” said Huggins. “Kansas didn’t play as well as Kansas plays, but TCU played really well.”

The Horned Frogs (10-12, 1-8) held the Jayhawks to just 13 first-half points on the way to a seven-point victory that has to rank among the biggest wins in school history.

TCU got 20 points from forward Garlon Green and limited KU to just 29.5 percent from the floor for the game. Kansas guards Elijah Johnson and Ben McLemore combined to make only 9 of 28 shots for the night while the Frogs also forced Kansas into committing 13 turnovers.

“They did a great job of screening; they made shots and they did a great job of getting second shots,” noted Huggins. “I thought their inside guys were really physical on both ends of the floor, and Kansas didn’t handle it as well as they normally handle things.”

It turned out to be the perfect storm for TCU.

Now, Huggins has to make sure his team is ready for what they could be encountering on Saturday afternoon at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

“I’m sure they’re riding high and one of two things usually happens - you either have a letdown or it really energizes you and hopefully it’s the first and not the latter,” said Huggins.

West Virginia (11-11, 4-5) is coming off back-to-back wins in Big 12 play for the first time this year, and also sports a recent 71-50 victory over TCU at the Coliseum back on Jan. 23.

“We took them out of offense and we did a pretty good job of guarding the ball - did a better job than we do sometimes of guarding ball screens,” said Huggins of what his team was able to do against TCU the first time around.

In that game, the Mountaineers got 19 points from freshman guard Eron Harris and 11 from senior forward Deniz Kilicli, who has been playing much, much better of late. Kilicli contributed 14 points in last Monday’s win over Texas and also had 12 points in a recent loss at Oklahoma State.

West Virginia is without a double-digit scorer 22 games into the season, but the Mountaineers do have seven players averaging at least 7.1 points per game. Junior forward Aaric Murray comes off the bench to lead WVU with an average of 9.7 points per game. Guard Juwan State is second on the team in scoring with an average of 9.6 points per contest. He, too, is now coming off the bench.

WVU is looking for its second two-game sweep in conference play, having already done so against Texas earlier this week. But after the way TCU played on Wednesday night, accomplishing that won’t be nearly as easy as the Mountaineers originally thought.

“I think after our game (TCU coach) Trent (Johnson) went back … and they’ve got more pressure releases now, they did a great job of back cutting and they did a great job of slipping screens (against Kansas),” Huggins said. “Instead of getting all that pressure on the ball they would slip a guy and give him the ball and then you’re playing four-on-three. At that point, it’s about making good decisions and they made good decisions.”

Guard Kyan Anderson is one of two TCU players averaging double figures at 11 points per game. The other is Green, who is now averaging 10.7 points per outing.

“They’ve always played hard and I think they play well defensively, they just didn’t make enough shots,” said Huggins. “And I think we can all relate to that at times.”

Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on the Big 12 Network. Locally, the game can be seen on these stations: MASN (Washington D.C./Baltimore), PCNC (Pittsburgh), WOAY (Beckley/Bluefield), WQCW (Charleston/Huntington), WVFX (Clarksburg), WOVA-LD (Parkersburg), WTOV-DT (Wheeling/Steubenville), ESPN3 and ESPN Full Court.

MSN radio’s pregame coverage begins with the Coliseum Countdown at 3:30 p.m.


West Virginia, TCU, Big 12 men's basketball

Bob Huggins To Coach His 1,000th Game

  • By Bryan Messerly
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  • February 08, 2013 09:18 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University will travel to TCU to face the Horned Frogs in a Big 12 matchup on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Daniel Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. The game will be televised by the Big 12 Network and will tipoff at 4 p.m.

Game Information
DATE: Saturday, February 9, 2013
LOCATION: Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201) in Fort Worth, Texas
TIPOFF: 4:00 p.m. ET
SERIES: WVU leads 1-0
TV: Big 12 Network (Mitch Holthus and Dan Hughes)
RADIO: MSN (40 affiliates) Tony Caridi, Jay Jacobs and Kyle Wiggs
OFFICIALS: Announced on game day

Quick Hitters
• Today’s game will be televised by the Big 12 Network. In West Virginia, it will air on MASN (Washington, D.C./Baltimore), PCNC (Pittsburgh), WOAY (Beckley/Bluefield), WQCW (Charleston/Huntington), WVFX (Clarksburg), WOVA-LD (Parkersburg), WTOV-DT (Wheeling/Steubenville), ESPN3 and ESPN Full Court.

• Bob Huggins will coach in his 1,000th career game against TCU. This will be his 199th game coaching at WVU.

• WVU and TCU met on Jan. 23 in Morgantown with the Mountaineers coming away with a 71-50 victory.

• Bob Huggins, with 721 career wins, needs three wins to tie Ray Meyer for 18th place on the NCAA Division I all-time winningest coaches list. Huggins recorded win No. 700 against Missouri State on Dec. 22, 2011. Huggins became the 20th Division I head coach to win 700 career games. Huggins’ record now stands at 721-278 in his 31st season as a head coach.

• Bob Huggins is the third-winningest active coach behind Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim.

• Bob Huggins has posted 24 conference road victories in five-plus years at WVU, an average of 4.4 per season.

• Sixty-five of Bob Huggins’ 131 victories have been away from the WVU Coliseum.

• West Virginia is playing its first season in the Big 12 Conference in 2012-13. The Mountaineers were members of the Big East Conference for the previous 17 seasons.

• WVU has won 93 of its last 118 games against unranked teams, including 48 of its last 53 at the WVU Coliseum.

• Bob Huggins is 14-11 in Big 12 Conference games. He is 4-5 at WVU, and his Kansas State team posted a 10-6 Big 12 record in 2006-07. The Wildcats finished fourth in the Big 12 in 2007.

• West Virginia is 58-41 under Bob Huggins in conference regular season games.

• WVU has started 12 different players this season with 11 different starting lineup combinations.

• Freshman Eron Harris has started the last seven games for WVU. During that stretch, he’s been WVU’s leading scorer in four of its last six games, averaging 13.7 points per game.

• The Mountaineers have three transfers on the roster in 2012-13. Junior center Aaric Murray led La Salle in scoring (15.2), rebounding (7.7) and blocks (2.3) in 2010-11. Sophomore guard Juwan Staten led the Atlantic 10 in assists with 190 as a freshman at Dayton in 2010-11. Senior guard Matt Humphrey has one year left after transferring from Boston College, where he was second on the team in scoring at 10.3 points per game.

• West Virginia has made at least one 3-point field goal in 445 consecutive games. The last time WVU did not make a 3-point field goal was against Robert Morris on Nov. 27, 1999.

• WVU is predicted to finish sixth in the Big 12 Conference poll. In eight of the last 10 seasons, the Mountaineers have finished higher or equal to their preseason prediction.

• WVU has made nine straight postseason appearances: 2012 NCAA Second Round, 2011 NCAA Third Round, 2010 NCAA Final Four, 2009 NCAA First Round, 2008 NCAA Sweet 16, 2007 NIT champions, 2006 NCAA Sweet 16, 2005 NCAA Elite Eight and 2004 NIT Second Round.

• Bob Huggins has led WVU to the NCAA championship in each of his first five seasons. The last time WVU made five consecutive NCAA appearances was from 1955-60, when the Mountaineers went six consecutive years to the NCAA tourney.

• West Virginia has won 65 of its last 80 games when holding its opponents to 69 points or less.

• West Virginia is 38-1 under Bob Huggins when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.

• West Virginia is 106-21 under Bob Huggins when leading at halftime.

• West Virginia is 113-14 under Bob Huggins when leading by 10 or more points in a game.

• West Virginia is 105-6 under Bob Huggins when posting a higher shooting percentage than its opponent.

• West Virginia has won 73 of its last 84 games when scoring 70 or more points in a game.

• The Mountaineers are 96-14 under Bob Huggins when scoring 70 or more points in a game.

• West Virginia is 109-25 under Bob Huggins when outrebounding its opponent.

• West Virginia has allowed its opponent to shoot 50 percent or better only 32 times under Bob Huggins (198 games).

• Twenty-four of the last 25 senior members of the men’s basketball team have graduated on time or early since 2004.

• Bob Huggins has wins over 20 ranked teams since he has been the head coach at West Virginia, including eight over a Top-10 ranked team in the last six seasons.

• West Virginia has a 127-32 (.802) record against teams in their first visit to the Coliseum.

• West Virginia is 66-17 in the WVU Coliseum under Bob Huggins, including a 34-16 mark in league games at home.

• WVU is 475-137 (.779) all-time at the WVU Coliseum and 96-20 at the WVU Coliseum in the last eight seasons.

• Under Bob Huggins in the WVU Coliseum, WVU is averaging 74.9 ppg, while holding its opponents to 61.5 ppg.

• WVU’s average margin of victory at the WVU Coliseum under Bob Huggins is +13.4.

• The Mountaineers have won 48 of their last 67 conference games at the WVU Coliseum.

• WVU is 14-20 all-time on Feb. 9. The Mountaineers are 500-380 all-time in the month of February.


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