The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 25, 2010

WVU hits the road at DePaul

Game tips at 8:30 p.m. tonight

By Dave Morrison

Coming off an impressive 71-65 win over Ohio State and a move back into the Associated Press Top 25, West Virginia (15-3, 4-2 Big East) moves back into Big East play tonight at DePaul (8-11, 1-6).

Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on FSN Pittsburgh (Suddenlink Ch. 28).

WVU battled back from a 12-point halftime to beat Ohio State in the Coliseum Saturday.

Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins would like to see a quicker start from his team, which has been hurt recently by falling behind early, lapses in shooting that cost WVU in losses to Notre Dame and Syracuse.

“We’d like to start a game off a little bit better,” Huggins said. “They’re going to play man and they’ve got really good size inside. And we’re going to have to attack some 2-3 zone.”

Despite the recent deficits, Huggins does see some benefit to his squad.

“When you think about some of the slow starts we’ve had and the holes we’ve put ourselves in, I think we’ve become very resilient,” he said. “You look at the second half of the Notre Dame game, the last minute and a half or so of the Syracuse game, the second half of the Ohio State — and we kind of let Marshall get all of the momentum going Wednesday (in a 68-60 win). I think they’ve proven to be very resilient.”

DePal’s Will Walker has proven himself against WVU, scoring 31 against the Mountaineers.

In an 87-77 loss to Notre Dame Walker took 30 shots but had 35. He is averaging a team-best 16 points per game and has 40 3-pointers.

“He’s getting his shots,” Huggins said. “They’re running things for him but they’re always running things for him. They’re running the baseline runner for him. They may be ball screening for him a little bit more,. But it’s basically the same things.”

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