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January 21, 2013
West Virginia currently sits at 8-9 on the season and 1-3 in Big 12 Conference play and with 14-games remaining on the schedule it's a situation that head coach Bob Huggins never saw coming. And is now tasked with finding the solution.
"I honestly thought we would be very competitive," he said.
The Mountaineers are coming off a 79-52 lopsided loss to Purdue, which followed two close conference defeats to Kansas State and Iowa State. Huggins said he can't remember a situation similar to this season at any point in his career.
"We find different ways to shoot ourselves in the foot. We shoot it OK from the field; we can't make a foul shot. We make foul shots, we can't shoot it from the field," he said.
The problems aren't only on the offensive end, as the Mountaineers have struggled defensively as well.
"We haven't been very consistent, honestly at either end of the floor," he said.
When asked if travel served as a factor, Huggins shot down that notion and said that the Mountaineers just haven't been able to do the things that they've done well in the past, while allowing opponents to do exactly that. The veteran head coach also didn't buy into the theory of having someone come to speak to the team for motivational purposes.
"They're great kids, but I don't think bringing anyone in to speak to them will do much for them," he said.
The only remedy for the situation is to win basketball games, and the Mountaineers will get their first crack Wednesday against TCU inside the WVU Coliseum. The game will tipoff at 7:30 p.m.
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