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March 11, 2013
West Virginia (13-18, 6-12) has been searching for consistency all season and that will be no different as the Mountaineers prepare to make their first trip to the Big 12 Conference tournament in Kansas City.
Head coach Bob Huggins hopes that the Mountaineers furious second half comeback against Iowa State that ultimately fell short will be a catalyst for the tournament. In that matchup, Iowa State shot the ball extremely well and created problems across the board for West Virginia, especially in the first half.
Against the Cyclones the Mountaineers trailed by as many as 27-points before cutting it to only 4 in the second half, which is a sign that there is still some fight left in the team, Huggins said.
"Obviously you still think you can win. I won't lie they haven't been the greatest practice team I've ever had but they haven't been the worst either," he said.
The challenge moving forward if the Mountaineers want any hopes of making a run in the Big 12 tournament will be putting all of that together as opposed to stretches of good play mixed in with those prolonged struggles. And if West Virginia can reach that strived consistency?
"We're not that far from being able to beat some pretty good people," he said.
West Virginia will open against Texas Tech 7 p.m. Wednesday and it will be the third meeting between the two teams with the Mountaineers winning both games. The Mountaineers won 77-61 in Lubbock and then survived a furious comeback attempt in Morgantown 66-64 later that month.
The winner of that game will take on No. 1 seed Kansas, which swept both teams in the regular season.
"We've played pretty well in spots so we've just got to be able to put that together for an extended period of time. I think we're capable, I still think we can make a run," he said.
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