Huggins thinks WVU can still bounce back

Following Saturday's loss to Baylor, West Virginia finds itself in uncharted territory this season.

After keeping on the right track for much of the season, the Mountaineers have now dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season and lost by the largest margin at home since 2008.

The loss to the Bears dropped the Mountaineers to 18-5 overall with a 6-4 mark in Big 12 Conference play - with a murderer's row of teams left to make up the final eight contests of the season for WVU. But despite all of these things, West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins isn't worried about where his team is heading.

"I don't think it's that hard to bounce back after a loss," he said. "Actually, it's harder to bounce back after you win a few in a row.

"I don't look very far ahead. I don't think you can do anything other than worry about the next game."

West Virginia will be back at the Coliseum this week when it hosts Kansas State - the only team left on the schedule outside of the top 35 in the RPI - before entering a stretch in which it will take on Iowa State in Ames and host Kansas in a three-day span. But even though they are struggling and things appear to only get tougher from here, the Mountaineers' veteran head coach doesn't see much of a need to panic quite yet.

"We'll be fine. We have good guys, and they really are good guys," Huggins said. "For the most part, I think they have tried to do the right things. They might not have always done the right thing, but they've always tried to."

A big issue during WVU's current cold spell has been its struggles with its halfcourt defense. In each of the last two games, West Virginia's opponents have shot better than 50 percent from the field and the Mountaineers are now just 2-5 (with the only wins coming against VMI and TCU) when allowing at least 70 points in a game this season. WVU has not lost when allowing fewer than 70 points.

Baylor was nearly 55 percent from the field Saturday and shot it 40 percent from beyond the arc in the win against the Mountaineers.

"Honestly, they took shots that we wanted them to take, but they made them," Huggins said. "They shot the ball extremely well and once the ball started going in, they just really shot it well. We want people to take quick shots (like Baylor did), but they made them."


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