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January 13, 2014

Longhorns coming to town

West Virginia (10-6, 2-1) makes a quick turnaround from Saturday's one-point loss to Oklahoma State when the Mountaineers welcome a much-improved Texas (12-4, 1-2) team to Morgantown for another Big 12 Conference matchup.

The Longhorns are coming off a 67-64 victory over Texas Tech Saturday and West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins has noticed a couple things that have led to Texas's turnaround from a season ago.

"They've got great balance. One their bigs have gotten a lot better. They've gotten a lot better at the offensive end and they've always been a terrific rebounding team," he said. "I think they've got more balance, they've got more guys scoring the ball, they're passing the ball and I think their shot selection has been terrific."

Supporting that point, the Longhorns have four players that average double-figures in scoring and a fifth that comes in just below that mark at 9.4 points per game. Jonathan Holmes, a junior forward, leads Texas in scoring at 12.7 points per game. And the Longhorns will present one of their biggest challenges on the glass for the undersized Mountaineers.

Huggins said that his team responded well in practice after the heartbreaking defeat to the Cowboys and he envisions that there will be no issues with the Mountaineers being ready to play tonight.

"I totally expect them to be ready to go," he said.

The game tips off at 7 p.m. inside the Coliseum.


Huggins once again reiterated that the Mountaineers got what they wanted on the final possession of regulation Saturday with a switch and Juwan Staten taking it to the rim and Devin Williams trailing for a rebound. But the play was unsuccessful and Huggins credited Marcus Smart for his play away from the ball during the sequence.

"Honestly Marcus made a heck of a play. He's over on the wing guarding Terry Henderson and he came in and kept Devin from rebounding it," he said.

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