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WVU Winning Streak Will Be Tested


The West Virginia University men's basketball team is trying to turn its season around. A three-game winning streak has helped. WVU will look to extend that winning streak Wednesday night at Baylor.

Baylor currently sits one game ahead of WVU in the Big 12 standings. The Bears are 4-1 at home in Big 12 play while the Mountaineers are 3-2 on the road.

Baylor is leading the league with nearly 40 rebounds per game. West Virginia averages 35 rebounds per game but does lead the league in offensive rebounds.

"Rebounding has always been one of the staples of what we try to do," WVU Head Coach Bob Huggins said. "Fortunately or unfortunately for us we have missed enough that there are plenty to rebound."

Should WVU extend its winning streak, the Mountaineers would pull into a tie in the conference standings with Baylor. West Virginia would, at worst, remain two games out of first place.

The current streak includes wins over Texas, Texas Tech and TCU. Those three teams are all sitting below West Virginia in the standings. This game at Baylor will provide the Mountaineers an opportunity to beat a team ahead of them in the standings and a team that is hanging around No. 50 in the RPI.

One constant for the Mountaineers in this win streak involves watching the ball go through the hoop. They are making shots at a far better rate than they did earlier in the season.

In the past three games, WVU is shooting 51.5 percent from the field. That includes shooting 51 percent from three-point range.

"We finally made some shots," Huggins said. "We have shot over 50 percent. For us, when we make shots, we give ourselves a chance."

A pair of freshmen have really fueled the charge for the Mountaineers. Eron Harris has scored 45 points in this streak. Terry Henderson has added 33 points. In the last game at TCU, the pair combined to score 31 of West Virginia's 63 points.

"We have been so close," Huggins stated. "We were really close to beating Kansas here, almost beat Iowa State there. We never got over the hump and finished the game. Hopefully we have enough confidence now. We still have a lot of youth in the backcourt and I think they are growing up."

West Virginia's last three-game winning streak in conference play was in January of 2012. WVU has not won four games in a row during conference play since January of 2011. The Mountaineers have also not won four games in a row this season. That can all change Wednesday night.

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