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WVU Gets A Few Days Off

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MORGANTOWN -

The West Virginia University men's basketball team has not performed the way it believed it would through the first 11 games of the season.

WVU heads into the week of Christmas with a 6-5 overall record. This team clearly puzzles Head Coach Bob Huggins in that it does well in practice, but fails to carry that over at times into the games.

Huggins said he worked with his team two days prior to the Radford game on defending their man, "up the line". That means cheating slightly with off the ball pressure and defending against a pass, while giving yourself a better angle to defend against a pass should their man cut to the basket.

WVU players failed to do this, which prompted a substitution followed by another substitution and another substitution before one of the Mountaineers finally did what they were told.

One day prior to the game, WVU worked on some of its offensive sets and did a better job of retaining what Huggins had told them.

It has been an up-and-down first two months of the season to say the least. But, the schedule does throw a bit of a break at the team. That is giving the players about a three-day break, which includes Christmas.

"I think this break is going to be big for us," Guard Juwan Staten said. "It will allow us to get off our feet and see our family a little bit and think about what we have coming up."

The break will also give the players some time away from each other. It will also allow some of those lingering bumps and bruises to heal.

"It's always good to go home and see your family," Forward Dom Rutledge said. "We definitely need it. A couple of guys are banged up. I have some old ankle injuries I need to nurture."

A few days off could be just what this team needs. The grind of this particular schedule has been difficult on this team. They will return to Morgantown right after Christmas.

"We don't have anything to really think about for the next few days, so when we come back we should be energized and ready to go," Staten said.

"It's going to be good for us," Rutledge stated. "We are going to get back and be ready to get right to work, but a few days off is good for us."

WVU has one more non-conference game remaining before Big 12 play begins. WVU will host Eastern Kentucky Sunday before Oklahoma travels to Morgantown on January 5.

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