West Virginia celebrated its 74-62 win over No. 9 Georgetown
for a few minutes Saturday and then promptly began putting it out of their
minds. WVU will visit No. 8 UCONN Monday night.
"We can enjoy this win today," Forward Kevin Jones said. "But we got to get over it tomorrow because we got another long day of practice to prepare for UCONN and we are going to go out there and give it our best effort too."
Head Coach Bob Huggins spent the past couple of months preparing his team for the grind of the Big East. That preparation was not solely focused on just the level of competition, but also for situations like this where his team will have to take the floor against a quality opponent on short rest.
"The good and the bad thing about this league is that we have one day to get ready for Connecticut," Huggins said. "It is hard to enjoy anything."
West Virginia has played four different games with just one day of rest between those games. They also played once on back-to-back nights when they beat Missouri State in overtime then lost to Baylor in overtime during the Las Vegas Classic. The Mountaineers are 3-1 in games played following one day of rest.
"We know what to expect and we know how to get our bodies ready and our mindsets ready because we have been through points like that," Jones said. "We definitely know how to get our minds ready, so we will definitely be ready on Monday."
"That's another top ten team," Guard Truck Bryant said. "We're going to be ready to play. I know I am definitely going to be ready to play. That is something I am really looking forward to and I just want to keep getting wins for our University and for our team."
The game against No. 8 Connecticut will give the Mountaineers another opportunity to improve their NCAA tournament resume. It also gives them the precious exposure that comes with playing on ESPN's Big Monday.
"The biggest reason we (scheduled games close together) was we would be on national television if we did it," Huggins said. "The second biggest reason was if we knew we were going to do it in the league then we might as well do it. I would like the same result, It's kind of like K-State and Miami, win this one and go win that one, that would be alright."
Exposure helps in the world of recruiting. It also gives members of the NCAA tournament selection committee the opportunity to watch a team play. West Virginia is looking good at the moment with a 12-4 overall record. The Mountaineers are sitting at 3-1 in Big East play and just one game behind Syracuse for first place.