This WVU team happens to be the men’s basketball team, which looked a little like you expected a collection of new and still-young players to look against Gonzaga … only a lot worse.
It feels a little bit like last season, which started with an exhibition loss to Northern Kentucky. But how about this for an opening act encore? Worst loss of Bob Huggins’ career. Needless to say, nobody saw that coming, though.
Yet when things happen as they happened in the rowdy Kennel, you are sometimes left with what you got in the wee hours Tuesday morning.
“We didn’t play as a team; an organized team,” said senior forward Deniz Kilicli, clearly frustrated after consecutive beatings by Gonzaga that came 282 days apart.
“We looked like we just got together yesterday.”
WVU had more turnovers (20) than made shots (15). Huggins was critical of the team’s ball movement, which often relegated the Mountaineers to low-percentage scoring chances. WVU was 3-for-26 from 3-point range and 15-for-55 overall.
Jabarie Hinds and newcomer Aaric Murray combined to make half of their 18 field goal attempts, but the rest of the team went 6-for-37.
Only one player – Keaton Miles – had more than one assist. He had two.
“People don’t know what the other guys are going to do,” Kilicli said. “It looks so out of sync. The good teams you see, everybody goes to places that is right and the ball moves right. It wasn’t like that.
“The whole offense was broken.”
Programming note: I’m out of pocket tomorrow and Friday for a funeral in Virginia. No chat. No F Double, but I’ll be back Friday night and on hand Saturday for the game. The live game post and TFGD will go on as normal. I’ll open up a very generic post for your thoughts, discoveries and discussions to carry through the next two days.
Also, if you’re in town for the game, or because you live here, and you’ve not yet gotten your hands and eyes on the second edition of WFTF, come find me this weekend. You’re also welcome to just say hello and talk about things we talk about and have some tea.
Sale, signing and shenanigans at Town Hill Friday night — still working on a time … but let’s say 7:30 p.m. — and at the alumni center at 4 p.m. Saturday. Working on one more for Saturday, be it a bar, restaurant or tailgate. I think one will come through, but I’m also open to ideas.
Carry on …