WVU Ready for Quarterfinal Matchup

West Virginia took the floor for its 40 minutes of practice Wednesday morning to prepare for Thursday's matchup against Texas in the Big 12 Conference tournament.

The majority of practice was spent with the guards and forwards running through a variety of drills on both sides of the floor.

With the challenge of facing a talented Texas frontcourt tomorrow, the Mountaineers focused a lot on working with the big men Wednesday morning. The drills started with assistant coach Erik Martin working with the big men on finishing consistently through contact at the rim.

WVU's frontcourt, which consists of juniors Kevin Noreen and Remi Dibo and freshmen Devin Williams, Brandon Watkins and Nathan Adrian, is shooting 51 percent at the rim this season.

Once they were done with that, Martin continued working on fundamentals with the bigs. They worked on keeping the ball up high and finishing off of offensive rebounds. The Mountaineers spent a lot of those final minutes working on free throws, as they usually do at the end of practice.

Martin spent a lot of time working with Watkins specifically, and it looks like the freshman has started to have a smoother stroke from the free throw line and is seeing some results.

West Virginia has been one of the better teams in the league at the line this season, making almost 73 percent of its 742 foul shots.

Associate head coach Larry Harrison worked with the WVU backcourt on catching and shooting from various spots on the floor, while also having them create off the dribble to find their own shot like they would in a game. At numerous times during the drills, Harrison preached the importance of making moves and using screens the way they would during an actual game to make the shortened practice seem as much like in-game activity as possible.

West Virginia guard Terry Henderson practiced and went through the drills with the team. While he is expected to play and is getting better, Huggins admitted that Henderson is still not quite at 100 percent yet.

The Mountaineers left the Sprint Center to head to the University of Missouri-Kansas City where they will practice for another hour and a half. They will have another shootaround tomorrow morning before the game after spending Wednesday night watching the first round action at the Sprint Center.

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