Two Sides of WVU Basketball

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Nov 15, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers forward Oscar Tshiebwe (34) dunks against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the second half at the Petersen Events Center. West Virginia won 68-53. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

WVU Basketball Team Dismantles TCU

On Tuesday, the WVU basketball team held yet another opponent under fifty points. Culver and Tshiebwe combined for twenty-eight points and and seventeen rebounds in the dominant win over TCU. All thirteen players saw the floor and everyone scored except Macke (only was in for three minutes) and Matthews Jr.

The Mountaineers out rebounded the Horned Frogs by fourteen, held them to 31.8% shooting from the field, and forced twenty turnovers. This is the “bread and butter” of 19-20 Mountaineer basketball. Tough defense and winning the rebounding battle has separated WVU from the rest of the pack. The win moved the Mountaineers to an impressive 14-2 record.

WVU Embarrassed by K-State

For everything the Mountaineers did well against TCU, they did badly against Kansas State. WVU allowed eighty-four points as Kansas State shot 59% from the field. The Mountaineers only out-rebounded the Wildcats by one and allowed them to shoot 50% from 3-point range. Cartier Diarra played an excellent game, scoring twenty-five points, grabbing six rebounds, and dishing out four assists.

WVU usually does not usually allow a single opponent to have that much success, but that was the story of the day. The Mountaineers were not doing anything of the usual. The team’s defensive intensity was non-existent from the very beginning of the game. It could have been related to “jet lag” or that it was the first week back of the new of the semester. Regardless of the cause, the Mountaineers were beat from start to finish.

WVU was down seventeen at halftime and was down by twenty-four at one point. The Mountaineers were able to storm back within six during the second half before losing the game 84-68. Understanding that is was an ugly loss, fans should not panic. There will certainly WVU “fans” who will complain about the loss on Facebook. These type of losses are part of basketball. Coach Huggins and the team will bounce back and continue to win games throughout the season.

The Mountaineers are certainly remain among the top fifteen best basketball teams in the country. Their ranking will go up throughout the season but WVU will finish as a four seed or higher in the tournament. With fourteen games remaining, Coach Huggins and company should easily finish with around 24-26 wins.

The Mountaineers are next in action against Texas at 7:00 PM (EST) on Monday night.

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