West Virginia Looks to end Skid Against an Up and Coming Oklahoma State Team

Christopher Hall

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Morgantown, WV – The No. 17 West Virginia Mountaineers (18-7, 6-6) are in need of a win as they host the Oklahoma State Cowboys (13-12, 3-9) Tuesday night on ESPN2. The Mountaineers are currently in a three-game losing streak, while the Cowboys have won back-to-back games including a win over Texas Tech on Saturday.

“Mike’s (Oklahoma State head coach Mike Boynton) done a terrific job,” said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins. “I mean, we’re sitting here and everybody in West Virginia is in a downer mode because we lost three in a row. Look at how they started out and he’s done a great job of keeping them together, keeping them playing hard, they fought through injuries. He’s had a bunch of injuries as well and kept the guys eye on the prize. They’re putting themselves in a position where they could conceivably get an NCAA Tournament bid or at worst an NIT bid. And, a few weeks ago, that didn’t seem possible.”

Guards Lindy Waters (Sr. 6-6, 215) and Isaac Likekele (So. 6-4, 215) lead the team in scoring, both averaging 11.4 points per game and Cameron McGriff (Sr. F 6-7, 230) averages 10.5 points per game, along with leading the team in rebounds with 10.5 points per game.

Oklahoma State playing good basketball is not the only thing bothering Huggins, it’s the fact that the visiting team has the upper hand in the series.

“I think the concerning thing is they’re the only school in the Big 12 with a winning record in Morgantown. They’re 5-2 in Morgantown.”

For West Virginia, it’s about getting back to what got them their national recognition in the first place, which is good defense and outworking their opponent.

“We just got to play again. We’re not the same team,” said Huggins. “You say, ‘we played really good teams,’ we did, and good teams take advantage of you when you make mistakes and all that, but we haven’t played with the tenacity we’ve played with before.”

Huggins is looking to shake things up stating Monday that there will be a change in the rotation and one of those changes will be Taz Sherman receiving more playing time after a 20-point performance against No. 1 Baylor. 

Comments (55)
Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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West Virginia wins 65-47 after allowing just 14 points in the second half

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Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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I would kill to be 6'7" and have the ability to dunk. Our guys refuse to throw it down with authority

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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60-44 with 1:44 left to play

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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McCabe heading into the locker room early after not making an appearance in the second half

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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The Cowboys have just FOUR points in the second half with 8:20 to go. West Virginia leads 48-37

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Osabuohien hustled back after his missed free throw to get the block

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Officiating is just plain bad. Osabuohien made a shot as the shot clock was winding down and they had to stop play to review it. There was no question he got it off

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Officiating has been piss-poor the last two home games

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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I would get an immediate technical if I was Culver or Huggins after that no-call

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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If Sherman can score like this consistently then keep Matthews on the bench

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Mountaineers lead 36-33 with 15:33 remaining in the game

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Osabuohien just picked up two fouls in six seconds

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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My opinion here, but I don't see why Matthews started and played as much as he did. Not sure if Huggs was trying to give him one last chance to prove himself or what but he's near the end of the bench now

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Second half starting lineup consists of McBride, Sherman, Haley, Culver, Tshiebwe. Mountaineers open up on a 7-0 run and now lead 34-33

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Oklahoma State has done a fantastic job of keeping the crowd out of this game. It was silent in the Coliseum up until Haley hit that shot at the buzzer

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Jarrett Doege is being recognized at halftime along with other student athletes that received a 4.0 GPA in the fall semester

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Jermaine Haley had a prayer answered at the buzzer on the corner three

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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McNeil was wide open on the inbounds and once again..... nobody saw him

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Huggs letting the officials hear it after the bad blocking call on Harler, it was an obvious charge

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Sherman is oozing with confidence with seven points. He just shot a three from about a foot in front of Oklahoma State's head coach

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Sherman hits a jumper in transition and the Cowboys call a timeout up 30-25

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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You need dribble penetration to beat a 2-3 zone

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Sherman draws the charge

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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The press is definitely hurting more than helping

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Tshiebwe's four points have all come at the free throw line

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Press is honestly hurting WVU. They've been beat down the floor the last two possessions

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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The Mountaineer press hasn't been effective at all in this one

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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5-17 from the field so far and 0-8 from three-point range

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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West Virginia cannot find any offense

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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McCabe just shot one from where Martinsburg is on the logo on the court

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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McGriff with the slam and he has nine

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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McNeil was wide open in the corner, received the pass with his foot on the out of bounds line. West Virginia shooting themselves in the foot early

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Cameron McGriff has seven points on 3-3 shooting already

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Culver with a nice move to get on the board

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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McNeil steps in and hits the long mid-range

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Mountaineers 3-13 so far

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Not a point was scored from the first media timeout to the second one. Oklahoma State leads 10-8 with 11:45 to go

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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McBride and Sherman are a combined 0-7 in both of their first starts on the season

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Just like that McCabe checks into the contest

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Culver had his guy completely sealed and McBride never saw him underneath

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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McNeil coming in for Haley... Huggins is trying to get offense from everywhere

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Harler, Culver, and Osabuohien in for Matthews, Sherman, and Tshiebwe

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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WVU struggles severely against a zone defense

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Cowboys in a 2-3 zone here early

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Sherman 0-2 so far

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Emmitt with the throw-down

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Lindy Waters has caused West Virginia problems for years

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Nothing I love more than Coach Huggins and his starters hugging before every game

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Sherman and McBride will replace Culver and McCabe in the starting lineup

Michael Gresko
Michael Gresko

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Starters tonight for West Virginia are: Miles McBride, Taz Sherman, Jermaine Haley, Emmitt Matthews Jr., and Oscar Tshiebwe


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