Player Perspective: WVU Versus K-State

There have been ruminations that West Virginia has struggled to solve zone defenses. Upon closer inspection, however, the reality is those perceived issues are more related to the inability to finish scoring opportunities within the paint. Here, forward Brandon Watkins and guard Juwan Staten examine those problems, and discuss the refocus for the stretch run after a pair of blowout losses.

Watkins, below, gives some insights as to the primary issues that have plagued the frontcourt, including improper balance and a lack of patience in the paint. West Virginia, as one might note of its 11 missed shots from point blank range in the loss to Oklahoma - the adjective describing both the distance and the scoring secured off such - are moving the ball effectively against the zone, and getting in into the low block from both the wing and high post. But, because of player positioning and poor presentation (both in being a target and in delivering a catchable ball), along with rushed motions and bad angles taken, the Mountaineers have struggled to "score it close" all season.

The bigs, under the tutelage of assistant Eric Martin, pounded home some fundamentals and corrections within the last handful of practices, and as Watkins notes, WVU is expecting those changes to begin paying dividends on Wednesday against Kansas State.

Staten, the undisputed senior leader, speaks to WVU's renewed perspective aand its mental focus for a difficult closing eight games that will challenge the Mountaineers (18-5, 6-4) more than any other such stretch on the schedule. Staten also details his expectations of a Kansas State (12-12, 5-6) squad that, along with the Mountaineers, is one of seven teams within four games of each other in the Big 12 standings.

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