Seeking A New Start

West Virginia arrived in Kansas City on Tuesday and immediately went into preparation mode for what it hopes is more than a token appearance in the Big 12 Championship.

West Virginia went through a full practice session almost immediately upon arriving in Missouri, then went to the Sprint Center for a 40-minute shootaround and drill session. The Mountaineers weren't in a very jovial mood, showing few smiles as they finished up their preparations for Texas Tech, but at least one player, center Aaric Murray, was very vocal as he encouraged his teammates throughout the short session.

While it's almost impossible to compare

When asked if the team's demeanor was the norm, freshman Eron Harris noted that he felt as if he was on an even keel, and was approaching the game in a similar manner to every other one in his brief career.

Head coach Bob Huggins again professed to have no idea how his team would play, or what it was thinking, but did note that its success against Texas Tech in its previous two games should give the Mountaineers an idea of how to approach the game.

"We're still going to throw the ball to Deniz," he said of his senior center.

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