The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest Sports

November 12, 2012

WVU seeks answers at Gonzaga rematch

MORGANTOWN — Coach Bob Huggins will be looking for firm answers to some questions he has about the West Virginia men’s basketball team late tonight.

That’s when the Mountaineers, loaded with size and experience, open the regular season against Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash.

The contest is scheduled to begin at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time).

Huggins, the nation’s fourth-winningest active coach, voiced several reasons for his unhappiness after last Tuesday’s 95-53 exhibition victory against Glenville State at the Coliseum.

Huggins lamented, “After today, I don’t know if I want to play. I’ve got some guys if they don’t play harder than what they did today, I really don’t need them to play.

“We went through supposedly trying to grow up. If they haven’t grown up by now, they’re not going to grow up.”

Huggins was especially disappointed by what he considered a lack of effort by some of his players.

Against Glenville State, West Virginia shot 50 percent from the field (37 of 74) and forced 26 turnovers. But there were some areas in which he thought he found there were flaws.

Gonzaga, ranked No. 21 in preseason polls, defeated WVU 77-54 last season to eliminate the Mountaineers from the NCAA Tournament.

Deniz Kilicli, who is expected to be a leader of WVU’s team, readily admitted that he saw several mistakes that need correcting. The veteran 6-foot-9 forward had a team-high 19 points in the exhibition game.

He said, “If we played Gonzaga (Tuesday), I wouldn’t know what would happen. We are not 100 percent in a ‘go’ mode.”

But the Mountaineers still had three days to prepare before leaving for tonight’s midnight search for revenge.

Huggins mentioned some things that needed fixed. He stated, “We didn’t run the floor. We didn’t get the loose balls. We didn’t pass the ball very well.

“There’s a lot of stuff to do.”

However, Huggins remains hopeful that his players will measure up to their potential and go all out against Gonzaga.

“We’re going to go out there and play like crazy,” he said. “At least we’ll know what we have to fix or how good we are or how bad we are.

“I would rather do that than schedule five games that we win by 30 or 40 and we mask our problems.

“Then, all of a sudden, the reality sets in and you don’t have as much time to fix it.”

After tonight’s game, West Virginia won’t play again until Nov. 22-25 in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.

The first home game after that will be Wednesday, Nov. 28 against VMI in the Coliseum.

1
Text Only
Latest Sports
  • WVU rifle coach competing in native Scotland

    West Virginia University rifle coach John Hammond is competing in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in his native Scotland.

    July 24, 2014

  • 072414 WV Open.jpg Familiarity with Cobb helps Hess take lead

    It wouldn’t be a stretch to say Kenny Hess is comfortable playing the Cobb Course at Glade Springs Resort.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Golf and motocross are Jude’s passions

    Motocross and golf have very little in common.

    July 24, 2014

  • WVU’s Worley clear starter at cornerback

    There were few bright spots in West Virginia University’s 4-8 football campaign last year, and even fewer on the defensive side of the football, where the Mountaineers gave up more than 455 yards and 33 points per game.

    July 24, 2014

  • How to discover and love Major League Soccer

    When I began my soccer fandom following a missions trip to Brazil in 2000, I didn’t know what my next step was. I knew I loved watching the game, but there weren’t a lot of options for seeing it in the U.S. I knew of Major League Soccer — mostly from my friend and current FC Dallas beat writer Drew Epperley — but it was hard to find.

    July 24, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Holgorsen to appear on ESPN special

    West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen will appear Wednesday on ESPN’s annual mid-summer college football coaches’ “car wash” — in which guests appear across multiple programs and platforms over one day.

    July 23, 2014

  • 072314 brand Bradshaw or the field?

    If a betting window were set up on the Cobb Course at The Resort at Glade Springs for the 81st West Virginia Open Championship, which begins at 8 a.m. this morning, the most popular wager would probably be David Bradshaw against the field.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Holgorsen: WVU getting comfortable in new league

    Dana Holgorsen remembers the glory days of West Virginia University football — the ones that included conference championships and BCS bowl wins. In fact, he was part of one of those, leading the Mountaineers to a Big East championship and an Orange Bowl victory in his first season as head coach in 2011.

    July 23, 2014

  • 072314 justice Home sweet home away from home

    When Greenbrier owner Jim Justice was handed a copy of the Richmond Times-Dispatch Sunday, his eyes lit up like a Rockefeller Center Christmas tree on a cold December night.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Saints Training Camp