Game is First of Two Home Contests for West Virginia Before Travel to Las Vegas

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia opens the Las Vegas Invitational at home against Stetson on Friday night. The goals? Finish on the interior and clean up execution in the halfcourt.

Head coach Bob Huggins said the Mountaineers didn't operate in halfcourt sets as well as he would have liked, and portions of that were a lack of ability to finish around the rim. The issue plagued WVU last season as well, though it seems now the Mountaineers are pounding the ball on the interior far better than they did for the majority of last season. Part of that was the physicality of James Madison, and part lack of execution and repetition. Huggins, above, speaks to those apsects and using a variety of personnel groupings based around size and the ability to either play big and rebound or play small and score off the defense. That's a balace, Huggins noted, and it requires solid passing throughout.

Hugggins also spoke to the rebounding ability of Devin Williams and Jonathan Holton, who combine to make West Virginia the only teeam in the country to have a pair of players record a double-double in each of the first two games. If the pair can do it again, it will become the first time since 1967 that WVU has had two players each record a double-double in three consecutive games. The Mountaineers (2-0) will face a Steton (0-2) team which has lost at The Citadel, 94-93, and at Richmond 108-85. It'sthe first meeting between the teams since 1983; WVU leads the series 2-0. Stetson, coached by Oklahoma State grad Corey Williams, is 16-48 in his two seasons. Huggins has never faced Stetson.

Holton, below, talked about his developing rebounding ability, and what has aided him obver the first two games. Always honest and at times soft-spoken, Holton details how he approaches rebounding, and understanding the fundamentals within the skill set. Holton, who is averaging 13 points and 12 rebounds, also talsk about transitioning from his defensive relentless to the offensive end, and how watching teammates shoot and understanding their missing tendencies helps his board work as well.


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