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Mountaineer defense looks for redemption

January 23, 2013
By Joey Kittle Sports Editor , The Inter-Mountain

MORGANTOWN - Bob Huggins has witnessed many inefficiencies with his West Virginia squad this season.

But one thing the veteran coach won't tolerate is the defense his team displayed in Saturday's 79-52 loss at Purdue.

"I think Purdue scored on 20 of 22 possession in the second half, or something ridiculous like that.

"We're giving up almost 44 percent field-goal percentage (a game) and that's not very good. People are shooting 35 percent (from the 3-point line). That's never happened (with my teams)."

The Mountaineers look for redemption, and in the process, climb back to the .500 mark today as fellow Big 12 Conference newcomer Texas Christian visits the Coliseum. This is the first meeting ever on the hardwood between the schools.

Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m. and the action will be televised on ESPN2.

West Virginia (8-9, 1-3 Big 12) also has struggled on the offensive side this season, averaging just 67.7 points per game.

"We find different ways to shoot ourselves in the foot," Huggins said. "If we shoot OK from the field, we can't make a foul shot. If we make foul shots, we can't shoot it from the field.

Sophomore guard Juwan Staten tops the Mountaineers in scoring with 10.1 points per game. Junior center Aaric Murray is second with 9.6, while freshman guard Terry Henderson is hitting for 8.5 and sophomore guard Jabarie Hinds 7.9. Henderson is expected back in the lineup today after missing the Purdue game with a back injury.

The Horned Frogs, under first-year head coach Trent Johnson, are 9-9 overall and 0-5 in league play after falling to Iowa State on Saturday. They have lost five straight.

Sophomore guard Kyan Anderson and 6-foot-7 senior forward Garlon Green lead TCU in scoring average with 11.4 and 10.9 points, respectively. Adrick McKinney, a 6-8 senior forward, tops in rebounding with 6.9 per contest.

West Virginia returns to the road on Saturday against Oklahoma State.

 
 

 

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