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January 6, 2014

Huggins talks travel,WVU players




West Virginia will play on the road for the second consecutive game in Lubbock tonight against Texas Tech and earlier in the day head coach Bob Huggins spoke about several issues on the Big 12 teleconference.

The trip to Lubbock follows a stop in Fort Worth Saturday when the Mountaineers opened Big 12 Conference play with a victory over TCU. West Virginia remained in Texas over the weekend to make the trip over to take on the Red Raiders, something that was a priority of Huggins during the off-season to address scheduling concerns.

"We've got two trips where we stay out and play and that helps us a bunch. A couple of little things we could do that I think would help anybody but I can't say enough about how good the league has been in trying to help us with our travel issues," he said.

Huggins also heaped praise on two of his current players first with sophomore shooting guard Eron Harris, who has developed into one of the premier scorers in the Big 12 Conference through the first half of this season.

"He's been pretty good all year, had a great game against Wisconsin in Cancun. He's been very good all year. Probably been as consistent shooting the ball and getting to the foul line as anybody we have or maybe anyone in the league," he said.

Junior point guard Juwan Staten also received some praise from the veteran head coach for his effort to immerse himself in the game of basketball and take the time and effort to learn what needs to be done on and off the court to be successful.

Huggins mentioned the fact that Staten stopped by his house to watch film on former greats Nick Van Exel and Steve Logan and help further his game as well as studying the playbook.

"He's as knowledgeable about what we're doing than probably anybody I've ever had," he said.


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