WVU Versus LSU: Player Perspective

West Virginia made a huge jump in last week's polls, moving from 21st to 16th after a pair of blowouts. But now, the unbeaten Mountaineers face jut their second major conference foe of the season in a solid LSU team coming off a big win on Tuesday. Here, a trio of players preview the match-up, and delve into what WVU must to remain unblemished after Thursday's contest.

First, forward Devin Williams delves into LSU's interior talent - and the need for him to be able to pull the bigs outside with some semblance of shooting consistency - while balancing that with attacking inside and remaining a dependable on-the-block rebounder and scorer. Williams (11 ppg, 8.4 rpg) also talks about the team's development thus far, and how they need to, despite potential struggles at any point in a game, remain focused upon what they do effectively, namely the Bob Huggins staples of defense, rebounding and pressure.

Next, Point guard Juwan Staten (15.1 ppg), who has a three-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio, details the guard play, LSU's size and Nathan Adrian's ability to pull one of the Tigers' frontcourt players away from the rim for better interior match-ups for the Mountaineers. He also notes how the ranking thus far is an excellent start, but essentially meaningless at this sage of the season if WVU cannot continue to rack up victories.

And finally, backcourt mate Jaysean Paige, who had 15 points in just 13 minutes in WVU's most recent win over the College of Charleston, speaks to his shooting (7.3 ppg., 45.5 three-point percentage), the need for a fairly young team aside from Staten to stay the course and believe in West Virginia's primary focus and process, and what he expects from his first major college on-campus home game.


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