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Huggins: Up and down Mountaineers need consistency

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - After West Virginia’s alarming loss to Florida Tuesday, head coach Bob Huggins is calling for consistency within his team.

After shooting an average of 49 percent during a four-game winning streak, the Mountaineers (5-3) appeared to be headed in the right direction. But then against the Gators, a tougher opponent, the offense shot just better than 29 percent, missing a total of 45 shots and committing more than 20 turnovers.

Huggins has attributed a number of things to the team’s struggles in that game – everything from lingering injuries to individuals trying to play outside of their abilities.

During the latest episode of The Bob Huggins Show, the head coach said he wants to see his team’s mindset improve in the run-up to Saturday’s Backyard Brawl with Pitt.

“We need to develop some consistency, and that’s a mental thing,” said Huggins. “We can’t be all geeked up one day and in the depths of depression the next day. It’s been one of the more difficult starts to a season that I’ve ever experienced.”

The aforementioned injuries continue to be an issue for WVU: Huggins said they continue to impact his team’s mentality and in-game rotation, as players are limited both in practices and in games. But in the final month of non-conference play – and the caliber of opponent only increasing – Huggins said the Mountaineers need to find a solution.

“It’s just been basically one thing after another, and we gotta do a better job. Somehow, we gotta figure something out,” said Huggins. “We’ve tried to play fast, we’ve tried to play slow. We were trying to play fast, but then we threw it all over creation, so now you gotta tighten it up a little bit. Let’s pass the ball and get open shots.”

Hear more from Huggins this weekend during a new Dana Holgorsen/Bob Huggins combo show. Check your local listings for more details.

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