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WVU Enjoyed Big Week with Big Wins

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The West Virginia University men's basketball team did more than win just two games last week. WVU picked up solid wins for the old NCAA tournament resume.

An 85-80 double overtime win against Kansas State in Wichita, Kansas combined with a 77-66 victory over Miami in Morgantown helped vault the Mountaineers into the top 50 in the latest RPI rankings. The RPI takes into account a school's record combined with its strength of schedule.

West Virginia sits at 6-2 overall and is No. 47 in the RPI. WVU is currently higher than Pitt (No. 50), Baylor (No. 53), Florida (No. 59), Purdue (No. 63) and Georgetown (No. 66).

"These are two good wins," Head Coach Bob Huggins said. "Two good wins against two quality teams."

"I would say this was a pretty good week," Senior Forward Kevin Jones said. "We can't celebrate too long because we have just got to keep on working and keep getting better."

WVU went blow for blow with Kansas State answering every punch throughout each of the two overtime periods. There were 19 lead changes and seven ties in that game. The Mountaineers clearly played with confidence and that confidence is growing.

"We had a great week," Freshman Aaron Brown said. "This week we have grown as a team and we got a lot better. We got much better, but we still have a lot to work on over these next few weeks."

"It definitely boosts our confidence and gives us time to reflect on what we've been doing right and what we've been doing wrong," Jones said. "Hopefully we will correct a lot of mistakes and get better."

Time is a luxury they did not have late last week, but suddenly have this week. The Mountaineers have a week between games due to finals.

"We're going to spend two days working on us and working on getting us better," Huggins said. "We finally made the right rotations. We're going to work on that defensively. We're going to work on some other things we are probably going to need down the road and then we're probably going to work on assisting at the offensive end and then we will spend a couple of days working on Saturday and Monday."

The Mountaineers will not have this much time between games for the rest of the season. That makes this an important week for the team to set itself up for a positive start to Big East play.

"Christmas break and finals week is a time for our team to bond and really get better for the Big East run," Jones said. "We have to keep playing at a high level like we have the last two games."

Huggins always does a good job of getting his players to understand what is at stake in a given game. He did just that prior to each of their last two games.

"Coach was actually stressing that these are very important games that we needed to win," Brown said.

WVU needs to pile on to its win total in non-conference play. There are four non-conference games remaining before the Big East opener against Villanova.

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