West Virginia Drops 56-49 Defeat To Texas, Looks To Self As Prime Issue

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia's main issues in its loss to Texas? Itself, starting with poor focus and a lackadaisical effort, according to head coach Bob Huggins.

The Mountaineers missed 10 of their first 11 three-pointers, eight of their first nine free throws and committed more turnovers than Texas. Bench points, points off turnovers, shooting percentage, all going the way of the Longhorns. What that should have added up to is a loss, and it did in a 56-49 decision that was surprising to everyone but the head coach. Huggins, in detailing some of the recent practice issues, sounded off on West Virginia, and what has changed with the team over the last few weeks as aspects of the lack of effort have "creeped in" to practices and games.

Huggins also discussed some of the player aarguments prevalent during the loss, as well as the lack of following basic instructions on sets and out of timeouts. That boiled over from a poor practice session on Tuesday in which Huggins simply sent the team home after players continued to argue with the coaching staff about fouls and other minute issues. "They were horrible," Huggins said. "Some people have a hard time handling success."

The Mountaineers (15-3, 4-2 Big 12) need not fret about that as much now, as they have lost two in a row after winning 15 of their first 16. The key is how the team responds going forward, because as Huggins said, attitude will determine a lot for this team, as well as many others.


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