WVU v. Texas: Who will leave during this game?

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You are  looking live at a sticker designated for the folks who are to sit in the athletic director’s box for tonight’s WVU v. Texas game. And, girl, the Longhorns aren’t going to like that.

Nevertheless, they are one of the three teams WVU has beaten in Big 12 play, but this is a bigger and better team than the Mountaineers managed a pair of wins against last season. Texas beat Texas Tech Saturday and then had to travel here. The Mountaineers, who you know lost to Oklahoma State Saturday, are the benefactor of a home-home Saturday-Monday sequence, one of those scheduling favors they’re privy to this season.

And while you’re waiting for this to begin, here’s a sliver of Saturday’s halftime show. It’s no Red Panda.

From dog to blog …

Mike Casazza January 13, 20148:37 pm

Remember last year’s game at Texas???

Mike Casazza January 13, 20148:32 pm

I think we’ve answered the question posed in the other blog post today, so I have another for you: Bad game or bad omen?

Mike Casazza January 13, 20148:28 pm

WVU’s season-low point total is 63 points (Wisconsin). Not sure these guys have 11/12 points left in them.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20148:19 pm

Adrian’s free throws would have it 61-49, closest WVU has been this half. There’s 8:19 left and an 0-for-1 to start a 1-and-1 keeps it 61-47.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20148:16 pm

And Adrian ends that with a 3, where WVU is 2-for-17. Texas calls a timeout and we Jump Around. Oddly confident bunch here…

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…15.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20148:14 pm

Henderson hit a 3 to start the game. WVU has missed the last 13 from 3!

Mike Casazza January 13, 20148:09 pm

Not the bright side: Kansas State is next and might be the best defensive team in the league — and definitely leads the Big 12 in scoring defense.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20148:07 pm

And Eron Harris is definitely slumping now. That has to be figured out promptly.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20148:06 pm

Bright side: They will not lament missed opportunities in a close loss tonight.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20148:05 pm

And going 0-2 at home is absolutely brutal after going 2-0 on the road.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20148:02 pm

That 3 from Holmes might as well do it here. WVU doesn’t have a plus-17 rally up its sleeve in this matchup disadvantage. It’s 53-36.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20147:58 pm

And Lammert extinguishes the crowd.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20147:58 pm

Rick Barnes will not call a timeout here.

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Watkins gets a break from Noreen, who fouls Holmes to keep him form 1) dunking on Watkins and 2) giving Watkins four fouls. Texas can get it anywhere it wants right now.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20147:50 pm

And we’re back. So is Felix. Two scored to start the half quiets Staten’s spell-snapping jumper.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20147:36 pm

Third-highest scoring first half of the season for Texas and its second-largest halftime lead, too.

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That half was a clinic: shot 16-for-32, plus-eight on the rebounds, 22 points in the paint, 18 points off the bench and a 41-27 lead at the half.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20147:32 pm

Honest question: Did Dibo just learn how to dribble? He’s putting it on the floor a lot and that’s not his thing. Not at all.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20147:30 pm

Also, five players with at least six points for the Longhorns.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20147:30 pm

Texas length really bothers WVU, even on passes. Their two guards scoot around pretty well, too.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20147:28 pm

WVU has played a lot of basketball and even grown up a lot since the loss to Missouri Dec. 5. This 35-25 deficit is the largest since that night.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20147:26 pm

Taylor’s a pretty fun player to watch. And Lammert is probably someone you’d like on your team. They connect there to put Texas up 33-25.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20147:24 pm

As Harris sits and probably stews, feel free to wonder how he responds in the second half. He admitted he pressed too much and forced too many things Saturday.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20147:19 pm

WVU has battled the shot clock a lot more in this game than I can remember in most others.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20147:18 pm

You like Williams blocking shots, but he can’t rebound when he blocks shots … and he was the only guy out there who can rebound down low.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20147:17 pm

Texas gets back quickly, but can be pretty disorganized. Felix has been left guarding the post a few tines and WVU hasn’t been able to use it.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20147:15 pm

Watkins with two splashes, the first a hook shot, the second a blocked shot as the second defender.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20147:14 pm

Yikes. Adrian, Dibo, Watkins, Browne and Staten.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20147:11 pm

Andrian is an issue. He wanted to punctuate a possession with a jumper that isn’t his thing and then he totally lost Lammert on defense and then on a defensive rebound. When he did grab a defensive rebound, he wouldn’t fire the ball ahead to Browne. Confidence?

Mike Casazza January 13, 20147:05 pm

Oohh, need to see a replay, but Harris is called for his second foul when it looked like a clean block of a layup. He’ll sit with 11:11 left in the half.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20147:01 pm

Taylor scores over Noreen, who doesn’t get the call, but does fall.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20146:58 pm

A Dana Holgorsen sighting. I thought for sure he’d be in Indy for the coaches’ convention.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20146:57 pm

We get Dibo after the timeout, which is my favorite part of the game. He’s been eventful for a few games lately. I struggle with a proper analogy, so maybe you can help. But to me, when he comes in, it’s like firecrackers. A lot happens. It’s loud and flashy. There’s no saving any for later.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20146:53 pm

Texas has frozen out Ridley all of a sudden.

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Ridley’s going to be a problem for WVU tonight if he wants to be one. That’s not a given with him, though.

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…and Henderson makes a 3 and isn’t touched and he falls.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20146:50 pm

That was magical. Noreen opens the game taking an offensive foul to the chest and he DIDN’T fall.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20146:48 pm

Also, Texas is swole.

Mike Casazza January 13, 20146:44 pm

I’m going to do my best to cover this game here tonight and hope no one leaves the football team in the final minutes. History has taught us that WVU and Texas can’t shake one another.

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26 Responses to “WVU v. Texas: Who will leave during this game?”

  1. Shoot4show says:

    That Staten move was sick!

  2. Shoot4show says:

    That foul call on Harris was a ref anticipating a call.

  3. Josh24601 says:

    Random-number generator approach to calling fouls!

  4. Rugger says:

    Swatkins!

  5. Rugger says:

    Watkins looks as happy as Dalton Pepper on a rainy Morgantown day.

  6. The Artist Formerly Known as EER96 says:

    Staten is just outstanding. WVU should be very good next year.

  7. avb31 says:

    Harris really needs to step it up. The 2nd foul was questionable, but he we can’t win if he doesn’t play well.

  8. avb31 says:

    It seems like prolonged scoring droughts coincide with extended burn for Gary Browne and way to many jumpers by Devin Williams.

    This one might get out of hand.

  9. Shoot4show says:

    Need to get to the line a lot in the 2nd half. Their length doesn’t matter when you’re shooting free throws. That kept us in the last game.

  10. avb31 says:

    This one really hurts.

    Things could go downhill fast after this.

  11. Shoot4show says:

    You don’t normally see shooting nights like this at home.

  12. Shoot4show says:

    Remember the good ol’ days when it was the first one to 70 for the ‘eers?

  13. Shoot4show says:

    Bad game. I’m not predicting an invitation to the dance, but this team is better than what they’ve shown tonight. If they are a good shooting team, and it seems they are, this will even out. There will be a game that everything goes in. I hope.

  14. avb31 says:

    Bad game or bad omen? It might depend on these last two minutes.

  15. netbros says:

    Bad game, but they still look like the 8th best team in the Big 12. Good news is everyone in the Big 12 is better which will only make the Mountaineers better. Huggins job now is to simply keep them motivated and willing to go hard so they don’t lay down like last year.

  16. jtmountaineer says:

    Here’s that one we were all waiting for, the game we were supposed to win and got blown out. My tourney hopes kind of fizzled with the Gonzaga and Purdue losses, but I still love this team and look forward to their development throughout the season. I also love seeing Huggins like his team for a change, being much more positive when they’re getting their asses handed to them. They’ll get better, and yep, Staten on this trajectory next year is going to be something to behold. He already is, and that’s the greatest, most unexpected pleasure of this season. Gratifying to see the kid’s hard work pay off in such a big way.

    I don’t usually find myself typing so many positive things after an ugly loss like that, but what can I say–this team brings out the optimist in me.

  17. avb31 says:

    I really like Eron Harris. But, he needs to come to the realization that Staten is the Alpha male on this team. This year and next, this is Juwan Staten’s team.

    And that’s a good thing.

  18. The 25314 says:

    Staten is really good. Harris and Henderson are good scorers but they don’t play D, rebound, pass, cut, or screen well. Dibo is just a chucker. Devin Williams is a good freshman but not good enough to make a difference. Adrian will hopefully make a good role player someday. Everyone else is simply untalented.

    They are a better shooting team, but there is so much more to bball than shooting. What jumps out to me is that while the opponent has to defend us on the perimeter bc of our shooting, it never leads to back cuts to the basket for layups. Successful bball is making the pass to the right guy who can make the pass to the guy cutting to the basket. It’s the off ball guard reading his defender and his teammate to know the exact moment to cut and best angle to give the passer. The proper rotation on D, when to switch, which hip to defend your man on, how and when to seal for the rebound so your teammate can clean it up. When to push the ball. When to hustle back on D to prevent a secondary break. WVU really isn’t very good at any of this.

    I see the ceiling for this team being a 2004ish 17-14 and NIT bound, and the floor being a 2000ish, just be thankful we aren’t inhaling asbestos all game.

    The real question is are these guys Jarrett Kearse, Elton Scott, Little Train, Chris Moss types – the best players on bad teams who look good compared to their John Oliver teammates – or are they herbers, hyphen Collins, pittsnogle, Frank the tank types who are just young and are growing and with the right additions will be key players on good teams? To me, next years newcomers look a lot more like Kent Dennis and Keith kincaide than mike gansey and Darris Nichols.

  19. jtmountaineer says:

    25314, you need to watch Henderson and Harris a little more closely on the defensive end. I agree that they’re not as consistent as they need to be, not nearly as consistent, but Harris has length and is often disruptive, and Henderson had 3 blocks and two steals against OSU Saturday, not that uncommon when he’s having a good game. Your longer paragraph isn’t inaccurate if you look only at last night’s game, but in most other games this year these guys have been moving pretty well without the ball, certainly well enough for the amount of time they’ve played together. Check the assist totals for their prior games, a solid indicator of passing and spacing the floor.

    We’re losing no one and gaining two rebounders in Holton and Macon next year. I don’t know what you’re smoking if you don’t see a top 25 team in the 14-15 squad.

  20. Rugger says:

    We will struggle against bigger teams unless we shoot lights out. Huggs seemed to indicate in his presser that there’s not enough practice going on to develop the “neuro muscular pattern” to make shots consistently. How disappointing.

    The players may be thinking “if dr. huggs would have recruited two eligible guys instead of two ineligible guys, we might have a fighting chance against bigger teams”.

    There is some talent and hope for next year but this year is purely developmental given lack of defense, rebounding and consistent shooting. I think we need wins against the top half of the conference in order to build confidence that we can win against the better teams in the Big XII going into next year. In fact I think it is critical that we pull some big upsets to keep us going particularly if post season is not a realistic goal.

  21. Spatial Angel says:

    Recruit eligible guys? Now, there’s an idea.

  22. avb31 says:

    An average shooting night wins this game. We have to shoot well to win, but I wouldn’t say it needs to be “lights out”

    This is still a fun team to watch and I remain optimistic for the future. I feel like we have a chance against anyone we play. Couldn’t say that last year.

  23. Rugger says:

    We look great when we compare ourselves to last season. Too bad nobody in the Big XII is that bad.

    I think we suck as compared to the Final Four squad. Does that make me a pessimist?

  24. ffejbboc says:

    When was the last time WVU lost four in a row in the Coliseum?

    Gonzaga = L
    Purdue = L
    OK State = L
    Texas = L

    Albiet, against pretty good competition, but still….

  25. jtmountaineer says:

    If you’re comparing this year’s team to 2010 and seeing the Final Four squad as superior, you’re simply a realist. But if you realize how much experience that Final Four team had , no meaningful contributions from freshmen, players with 2 or 3 years in the rotation, I think you’d have to conclude that this team can certainly close the gap when it comes to defense and rebounding. I don’t think it’s blasphemous to say Da’sean wasn’t the player he would become junior and especially senior year during his sophomore campaign. Eron Harris has a long way to go with his ball handling and defense, but I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that he can get there. Henderson, too, for that matter. This team is missing the tenacity of a John Flowers, for sure.

  26. jtmountaineer says:

    ffejbboc, my guess would be last year. For any last time something bad happened questions, my answer would probably be last year.