"They are an extremely dangerous team, because they shoot the ball so well," head coach Tom Crean said. "I think West Virginia understands each others roles as good as anybody that we've played. They understand what they're doing, but they understand what their teammates can do."
Coach Crean discussed what the Golden Eagles need to do in order to have success on Saturday.
"We can't get away from our game plan, we are a young team and we don't have a veteran guy like Steve Novak who can make eight threes a game and bail us out. We have to use each other and stick to our game plan in order to have success tomorrow."
"We can't get back into thinking that we're going to shoot 25, 30 three's in a game. And we just need to understand our roles a little better and we're working on that," he said.
Marquette will be squaring off against a West Virginia team that uses a unique 1-3-1 zone defense that the Golden Eagles have not seen this season.
"They have an unbelievable system that they run. It's not so much personnel all the time but it is about beating the system than it is about the personnel that actually plays," said Jerel McNeal.
Wesley Matthews said that Marquette's previous struggles with opponents' zone pressure was self imposed.
"We let the zone set what we do and the zone has caused us to become a team that we aren't," said Matthews.
"The key is to not get over complicated, make sure that we are driving the ball, keeping the floor spaced and above all else don't sit there and try to create three point shots and looks," said Crean. "We need to continue to attack in order to create efficient shots and have success."
"When we play the way we did the other night [against Connecticut], we didn't play great offensively, we didn't shoot a great percentage, but we got to the foul line, we rebounded the ball, we got some easy baskets, we made the next pass, that's our team and that's been our team. We went to the final four playing that way," added Crean. "We've got to continue to do that. That's our style."
The start to the conference season taught the Golden Eagles that playing in the Big East means a tough opponent every night and that they have to be at the top of their game every time they step on the floor.
"The conference losses put our season in perspective and shows us that we can't get away with things we have in non-conference games and shows nothing is going to be handed to us in the Big East," said Wesley Matthews.
Marquette tips off at 11am Saturday at the Bradley Center.
**Eric Titze is a senior majoring in Political Science>
**Pat Barry is a senior majoring in Accounting.