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January 14, 2013

Back on the road

After playing five of the last six inside the Coliseum, West Virginia (8-7, 1-2) will hit the road for back-to-back trips to Iowa State and Purdue.

The Mountaineers will first travel to Iowa State for a 9 p.m. game on Wednesday and the Mountaineers will look to rebound in Big 12 Conference play after falling 65-64 against Kansas State this past weekend.

"I thought we were fine Saturday, I thought we played really hard and we had good energy," head coach Bob Huggins said.

West Virginia will look to build off a performance where the Mountaineers shot 51-percent from the floor by getting better shots than they have in past games. Huggins believes the team is improving, and will continue to show gains as his backcourt gets more experience.

Sophomore point guard Juwan Staten, who sat out for the matchup against the Wildcats, will travel with the team to Iowa State although Huggins didn't specifically reference his playing time.

Iowa State features a number of transfers, and it's something Huggins tapped into this season as well with Staten, Aaric Murray and Matt Humphrey. And taking division one transfers is something the seasoned vet is very open to.

"We haven't had a whole bunch but we've had a few over the years that have turned out really well for us," he said.

Murray is another player that continues to show improvement and Huggins isn't sure if he will continue to bring him off the bench, but he wants to see more consistency throughout the entire game.

"We've got to get him to not take some plays off, but he's getting better every time out," he said.

The Mountaineers will then travel to Purdue and although it's a contest that Huggins would rather see not mashed into the middle of conference play, it was the only suitable spot to satisfy TV networks and the dates of the two squads.

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