For West Virginia fans, Saturday afternoon's contest means a chance to see Bob Huggins collect his 800th career victory against a solid UMKC team. While the magnitude of such an accomplishment may bring out a larger crowd and add much more meaning to a mid-December non-conference game, the Mountaineer players view the game as just another chance to improve and work the kinks out before conference play starts in a couple of weeks. Elijah Macon, who is one of the more experienced players on West Virginia's roster shared his thoughts on the contest and trying to earn a victory for his head coach.
"It's just another day to get better," Macon said. "That's just how we're looking at these next couple of games. We just want to get better and get ready for the Big 12 games."
While Macon said the focus wouldn't change in any way, he did acknowledge the implications looming over the contest but again reiterated that the Mountaineers are just dialed in on improving and treating Saturday's contest like any other game.
"Obviously it's going to be a big game," Macon admitted. "We can't just overlook it but it's just going to be another game to get better and we're just going to be focused on UMKC and get ready for the game."
After a slow start in last week's 90-55 victory over VMI, Macon stated that he hopes to see an improved focus out of his team and that will be priority number one for West Virginia in the days leading up to the game.
"We don't always play how we're supposed to," Macon admitted. "I wish we would and when we get to playing good we need to stay playing good and put teams away. That's the biggest thing."
And if the Mountaineers want to put together a dominant performance against UMKC they need to keep the focus on themselves and playing consistent, focused basketball for 40 minutes. The prospect of getting their head coach a milestone 800th victory can definitely make that task more daunting and can even prove to be somewhat of a distraction, but Macon's words should provide reassurance to the masses . Saturday's contest will tip off at 2:00 p.m. and will be televised on Root Sports Pittsburgh.