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Las Vegas Trip Could Be Memorable for WVU

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. -

 

The West Virginia University men's basketball team stands at the doorstep of opportunity. Not the kind of opportunity some people hope to find in Las Vegas. The Mountaineers could help Head Coach Bob Huggins reach another milestone. They would also earn some national respect by leaving Las Vegas with a pair of wins.

Huggins currently has 699 victories in his career. However, reaching the milestone is of no concern to him. He remains focused on trying to add to his win total for other reasons and those reasons all end with the words, NCAA Tournament.

Should West Virginia run the table in its two games in Las Vegas, the Mountaineers would likely be ranked. That has a lot to do with the fact that they would have beaten No. 6 Baylor. A pair of wins would also run West Virginia's record to 10-2.

Huggins would likely leave Las Vegas as an early season Coach of the Year candidate taking a young team and leading it to wins in 10 of its first 12 games.

While there is a great opportunity for the Mountaineers, there is also the potential for this trip to be a great disappointment. WVU remains inconsistent, especially from the freshmen.

West Virginia will meet Missouri State in its first game in Las Vegas. The Bears are 7-3. They suffered a three game losing streak earlier this season, but have since won three games in a row. Missouri State and West Virginia have played two common opponents. WVU beat both Oral Roberts and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Missouri State suffered its first loss of the season to Oral Roberts and beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Monday.

Baylor will be West Virginia's toughest opponent of the season. West Virginia will arguably be one of Baylor's toughest opponents in this young season.

Perhaps the biggest thing to come out of the trip to Las Vegas will have nothing to do with Las Vegas. West Virginia returns home following that trip to meet Villanova in the Big East opener.

Will the Mountaineers take advantage of the opportunity in front of them? Don't bet against Bob Huggins on this particular trip to Las Vegas.

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