West Virginia capped off its initial home home stand of the season with a dominant 100-41 victory over New Hampshire, and in the victory the Mountaineers kept the pressure on the Wildcats for 40 straight minutes, an effort that finally drew the approval of head coach Bob Huggins who said his team played hard and the ball pressure was noticeably better. That pressure forced New Hampshire into 34 turnovers and never allowed the Wildcats to get into their half court offense, which was the game plan entering the contest.
Individually, Huggins praised the play of Esa Ahmad, Jevon Carter and Teyvon Myers in the win and specifically pointed to Carter as a player who makes special plays every day, whether in practice or in games and added that people may take some of the things Carter does for granted, but he has never had a player who can make some of the plays that Carter consistently makes. As for Ahmad, Huggins said it is as good as the sophomore, who had 14 points and 8 rebounds, has played during his time in Morgantown. Huggins also discussed the play of Teyvon Myers and stated that the senior guard's has made a complete 180.
While Huggins was happy for the most part he did admit that he didn't think he Mountaineers necessarily attacked the Wildcats' 2-3 zone effectively, but said his team was able to make shots against it which negated the inability to attack the zone. According to Huggins, this West Virginia team makes shots better than any team he has had since the 2010 final four team, which is high praise for a Mountaineers team that shot 54.4 percent from the floor on the day.
As far the noticeable absences of Elijah Macon and Brandon Watkins in today's win, Huggins said both players would be available in Thursday's game... as long as they can "learn to read a clock." Huggins also updated the status of Daxter Miles, stating that the sophomore guard is putting some weight back on and that there's a chance Miles will be able to go in Thursday's match-up with Illinois.
The contest against Illinois will be West Virginia's toughest of the season to date and Huggins said he knows a little bit about the Illini, specifically that he's been impressed with the offense that they have displayed in the first few games of the year. The Mountaineers will take on Illinois in Brooklyn on Thursday at 2:30.