Thursday, January 08, 2009
Huggs on the right there pretty much sums it up. The 61-55 loss to the Huskies was both frustrating and refreshing. Frustrating because we definitely took some ill advised shots. Those shots were mostly taken from inside five feet of the rim, but there were quite a few three pointers that were equally frustrating. Shot selection is really key when you go against a team that you know is going to out rebound you. The most used quote from Huggins was that we can't make mistakes and hope to win. Offensively, that was true.
However, with a minute left in the game, it wasn't over. Huggins has put together quite a defensive team. Seriously, only one team has scored over 70 points on the Mountaineers and that was a victory at Ole Miss. You never like to lose or consider anything a moral victory, but that was the #5 team in the country. It was a close game from start to finish and was generally fun to watch.
It's just the start of what promises to be a very exciting season for West Virginia. The hope is that Joe Mazzulla will be able to come back and contribute by the middle of the month. He is sorely missed, but at the same time you can't take anything away from Truck Bryant and the way he has played. Like I said earlier, that injury might just be a blessing in disguise as the season rolls on. We've gotten used to having two experienced point guards at West Virginia. It really comes in handy when you go against the Villanova's of the Big East. For obvious reasons, it also helps when you sub in and don't lose anything. Just keep up the defense and look for good shots. M'kay guys?