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March 1, 2013
Things won't get any easier for West Virginia (13-15, 6-9) Saturday when they make the trek to one of the nation's most difficult environments in Allen Field House to take on No. 6 Kansas (24-4, 12-3).
It will be the second meeting between the two teams after the Jayhawks defeated the Mountaineers 61-56 in Morgantown Jan. 28 behind 15 points apiece from seniors Jeff Withey and Travis Releford.
"Obviously we're going into a very difficult place to play but the primary reason is because they've been really good," head coach Bob Huggins said.
Huggins walked away from West Virginia's loss to Baylor Wednesday night feeling better about his team especially in light of the fact that the Mountaineers had several opportunities to win the game.
"We miss a three or four footer, we miss a tip then we miss a wide open shot from three from one of our better three-point shooters," he said.
The veteran coach understands that things will be very difficult heading down the stretch which includes on the road at Kansas and Oklahoma the closing things at the Coliseum against Iowa State, but he does feel good about his team's chances to compete down the stretch.
Huggins made several personnel moves in the game against Baylor and said that those things will continue to stay in place down the stretch.
"If we don't play as hard as we possibly can then there's no sense to have guys on the floor and that's been my fault," he said. "I've tried to coax some people along and it hasn't worked and I've made an error in how I handled those guys."
One important area that West Virginia must avoid if they want any hopes to derailing the Jayhawks is in the area of turnovers and mistakes that have cost the Mountaineers dearly this season.
"Our problem has been we're shooting ourselves in the foot," Huggins said.
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