The starting guard injured what appeared to be his hamstring or quad muscle in the second half of WVU's 73-42 win over TCU on Saturday. Miles had to be helped from the scorer's table to the bench, and was also carried off the floor at the end of the contest. Head coach Bob Huggins said Monday that Miles did not practice on Sunday, little more than 24 hours after the injury, and would again be evaluated today. Miles will not play at Texas on Tuesday if he cannot practice today, Huggins said.
"He didn't practice yesterday; If he doesn't practice today - I don't play guy's who don't practice - then I don't know (that he will play)," Huggins said. "I'll worry more about that when I know what is going on."
The sophomore has started all 24 games in which he has appeared this season, and averages 10.1 points - third-most on the team - while playing 25.5 minutes, second on the team behind fellow backcourt starter Jevon Carter's 27.4.
If Miles does not play, it would be the fifth consecutive game that the No. 10 Mountaineers (20-5, 9-3 Big 12) have been without a starter; forward Jonathan Holton returned off a four-game suspension in the home victory versus TCU. Huggins said after that game that if Miles could not play, "we may have to play Nathan Adrian more at the three position. It's always something."
No. 24 Texas (16-9, 7-5) beat WVU 56-49 in the Coliseum on Jan. 20. West Virginia came off a split of a pair of difficult Big 12 games at home against Kansas and on the road versus Oklahoma and played perhaps their worst conference game of the season. The Mountaineers shot 31.1 percent from the floor, 14.3 percent from three-point range (3-of-21), and forced just eight turnovers while committing 11 themselves.
The Longhorns have won five of the last six against West Virginia, and are currently tied for fourth in the league under first-year head coach Shaka Smart. UT is transitioning to a more uptempo, pressure style, but still possesses the length to hurt WVU in the half court and on the boards. This is likely a game the Mountaineers, tied with KU atop the standings with six games lest, must win if they want to compete for the Big 12 regular season title.
"Like most games in this league, it's hard," Huggins said. "They are well-coached and they have good players. They do a lot of really good things. I think (Smart) did what everybody thought he would do. He brings his brand of basketball like everybody on our league. Everybody has ways that they are successful and have been successful.
"Shaka has done a great job selling guys in playing his way. He's like nine other guys in this league, a pretty darn good basketball coach. We have to try and do our thing and make some shots this time. I think we are what we are. You can't change things up too much."