West Virginia Looks for Fifth Consecutive Win, Ninth in 10 Games Versus Marshall

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Marshall has won three straight via solid outside shooting from its penetrate-and-kick style. How does West Virginia counter, and how does the Herd match-up with the Mountaineer press?

WVU head coach Bob Huggins, above, offers insights to each. The contrast of styles, while not as great and obvious as in the match-up against Virginia, will be prevalent, with MU trying to slow the pace and utilize its drive-and-dish style while using a multitude of screens. The Herd (3-6) have shot well from three-point range during their modest winning streak, and that will need to continue against a WVU defense that is getting spread by every opponent. Watch West Virginia's ability to close off the lane and force the ball back out, while also closing out shots as a key within the half court.

For WVU, which leads the NCAA in steals, three-point percentage defense, forced turneovers and offensive rebounds, all four categories figure to be a mian component of again winning the Capital Classic. Huggins noted that he believes West Virginia has improved both within the press and the halfcourt defense, but could do many additional things in full court pressure with better mastery of the sets. The game, often marred by fouls - the teams have combined for an average of 48.4 fouls per game in the last eight series meetings with 54.5 free throws per game - is again expected to be close, as 14 of the last 17 series meetings have been decided by 10 points or less.


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