West Virginia's Effort, Execution Culprits In Loss To Longhorns

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - This one was as ugly in a every aspect as any loss in recent memory. But what stuck out to West Virginia after Texas stuck it to them 56-49 at home on Wednesday was the lack of focus and execution in even the smallest of areas.

Elijah Macon, above, tries to  explain misses on eight of WVU's first nine free throws, and how that impacted the energy level and play. It seemed the Mountaineers didn't have much juice anyway, and that became more apparent as the game wore on and Texas, despite not playing well itself, led nearly throughout despite taking 20 fewer shots and being outrebounded offfensively by a 24-6 margin. Macon also details whether such a lack of effort coming into a game can be righted in the midst of it, and where the squad goes from here to develop a better mentality prior to the weekend road contest at Texas Tech.

Next, guard Daxter Miles discusses the problems in practice leading to the Texas game, and if the team challenging each other is a positive, a negative or somewhere in btween pending intent and delivery. Miles noted the Mountaineers were arguaing at times with one another due to a lack of execution, and that, too, seemed to stem from a poor mental approach. Miles also tried to pinpoint the timetable of when some of the struggles began, though he implied that this was more an aberration than what one can exepct from West Virginia moving forward.

And finally, forward Jonathan Holton talks about the team not feeling like itself, and entering the game in a kind of unfocused hue around the entire ordeal. Holton also speaks to WVU gtting outworked, a rare occcurance for a Bob Huggins-coached team, and what the Mountaineers can do to address the issues before a single situation becomes a bad habit.


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