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December 21, 2012

Mountaineers ready for Radford

West Virginia (5-5) will host Radford (5-6) in the second of four consecutive home-games for the Mountaineers and an opportunity to seize some more momentum before heading into Big 12 Conference play next month.

Radford is led by former West Virginia assistant coach Mike Jones and has already almost matched his win total of six from his first season atop the Highlanders program. The Highlanders have lost their last three games and are currently 1-4 on the road this season.

"A lot of dribble drives, a lot of ball screens, got really good quickness on the perimeter, they're relatively young, they're really athletic and little small inside but kind of like what we've been saying," head coach Bob Huggins said.

Javonte Green leads Radford in scoring 13.8 points per game while forward Kion Brown is second at 7.5 points per contest. The two teams last met Dec. 23, 2008 in the Coliseum with the Mountaineers scoring a 89-54 victory over the Highlanders.

Coming off Wednesday's win over Oakland, West Virginia will be looking to string together another victory to build even more momentum.

"Very important for the rest of the year, we've got three more games at home and it would be nice to have a four-game win streak here at home," he said. "And get ready to go on the road and win some games on the Big 12 on the road."

Huggins believes at this point the Mountaineers most impressive win to date is Virginia Tech and the challenge moving forward is for West Virginia to continue to string together quality wins to improve their NCAA tournament profile.

"We've got to win games," Huggins said.

The Mountaineers continue to make small strides in achieving more consistency and Huggins said the team continues to get better in every area. One player that's been struggling has been senior center Deniz Kilicli but he's worked hard to address some of his shortcomings.

"He had a good session yesterday. I think Deniz understands what he's doing wrong and it's a matter where you have to practice the right things," he said.

"Working hard doesn't guarantee success but it sure as hell gives you a better chance and there's a lot of truth to that," he added.

The game is scheduled for 4 p.m.


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