West Virginia Rips Baylor, Moves Into First Place In The Big 12

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - These Mountaineers don't worry. But if they did, they'd fret about being the dog with the bone, according to head coach Bob Huggins.

Huggins, above, detailed No. 14 West Virginia's 80-69 win over the 15th-ranked Bears on Saturday night, which boosted WVU (19-4, 8-2) from a tie for the conference lead into sole possession of first place. After Huggins broke down the play of Nathan Adrian - 11 points and nine rebounds in a second straight start - and how Devin Williams again managed to neutralize BU's Rico Gathers, the talk turned to West Virginia's front runner status heading into Tuesday's game at No. 7 Kansas. The Mountaineers, after knocking off the Jayhawks inside the Coliseum for a third straight season, again turn their attention to a series sweep.

And it seems West Virginia, not KU, will be the big dog in the fight.

"We were pretty good one year, and one coach told me, 'Make sure you tell them the dog with the bone is always in danger," Huggins said. "There's a lot of truth to that."

West Virginia claimed said prize via the blowout win over Baylor - the game's final score doesn't truly indicate the magnitude of domination - paired with Kansas State's upset win against No. 11 Oklahoma. Now the Mountaineers, who are seemingly playing their best basketball of the season, will be the target. West Virginia controlled Baylor (17-6, 6-4) virtually from the tip, with four players reaching double figures, including a game-high 20 points from Daxter Miles. Miles hit 6-of8 shots, and 4-of-5 three-pointers, aand helped negate the more limited second-half minutes of Jaysean Paige and Tarik Phillip.

The Mountaineers were also better able to protect the ball, committing just eight turnovers, while shooting almost 50 percent from both the field and the three-point line. The stretch, made perhaps more impressive by the loss of Jonathan Holton for the last three games, will continue on Tuesday, and Huggins noted he wasn't sure of Holton would yet return.

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