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How Bad Is Bad For WVU?

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MORGANTOWN -

Imagine you were walking in Bob Huggins shoes. Sure, the paycheck would feel good, but how would you try to find a way to win a game? Especially when you consider just how bad this West Virginia team is at shooting the ball.

PLAYER SHOTS MADE SHOTS ATTEMPTED FG PCT.
Aaric Murray 65 132 49.2
Kevin Noreen 15 32 46.9
Eron Harris 44 95 46.3
Keaton Miles 20 46 43.5
Deniz Kilicli 54 126 42.9
Dom Rutledge 13 32 40.6
Juwan Staten 59 147 40.1
Matt Humphrey 18 46 39.1
Terry Henderson 47 121 38.8
Jabarie Hinds 58 174 33.3
Richard Romeo 1 3 33.3
Gary Browne 39 124 31.5
Aaron Brown 7 27 25.9
Volodymyr Gerun 2 10 20.0
Aric Dickerson 0 3 0.0

The team as a whole is currently ranked No. 319 out of 340 schools nationally in shooting percentage. WVU is also No. 207 nationally in assists per game and No. 190 in points per game.

Pretend you are in Huggins' shoes once again. You are behind as this team has been with time winding down and in need of a three-point shot. Look at these stats and ask yourself how confident you would be that a three-point shot would be made.

PLAYER 3 PT. FG MADE 3 PT. FG ATTEMPTED 3 PT. FG PCT.
Kevin Noreen 3 7 42.9
Eron Harris 23 54 42.6
Matt Humphrey 12 34 35.3
Terry Henderson 20 63 31.7
Aaric Murray 6 20 30.0
Aaron Brown 3 10 30.0
Keaton Miles 5 17 29.4
Jabarie Hinds 16 62 25.8
Gary Browne 7 42 16.7
Juwan Staten 0 7 0.0
Volodymyr Gerun 0 6 0.0
Aric Dickerson 0 3 0.0

Shooting poorly and struggling to score can be okay, if strong defense keeps the opponent from scoring. This team has not done as well defensively as some of Huggins' teams in the past. West Virginia is No. 174 nationally in scoring defense allowing 66 points per game.

Huggins has led the Mountaineers to the NCAA Tournament in all five years that he has been the Head Coach at WVU. That included a trip to the Final Four in 2010.

At 9-10 overall and 2-4 in the Big 12, any postseason hopes let alone an NCAA Tournament bid are looking more and more remote. Oh yeah, No. 3 Kansas rolls into Morgantown Monday night.

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