West Virginia rallied back from its first loss of the season by beating No.7 Virginia on the road and ripping off an eight game winning streak. The Mountaineers hope to bounce back in similar fashion after the disappointing 77-76 loss to Texas Teach on Tuesday night and according to Bob Huggins the Mountaineers must play a lot more consistently to beat the Horned Frogs on Saturday afternoon.
"(The Texas Tech game) was as bad as we have been all year" Huggins said. "We somehow have got to get some consistency in all areas. They know how to play."
While Huggins admitted he was disappointed with West Virginia's defensive effort he also credited the ball handling ability that the Red Raiders showed in their victory over the Mountaineers.
"They had a bunch of ball handlers," Huggins said. "(Zach) Smith did a great job. They threw it to their power forward and he could bring it up the floor. We really didn't do a good job of stopping them at half court and not letting the guards get back so easy but he's the first power forward that's really ever brought the ball up the floor."
TCU on the other hand will have their guards to do most of the ball handling against West Virginia's pressure defense and that group, specifically freshman Jaylen Fisher, has impressed Huggins so far.
"They have two guards who are in their first year," Huggins said. "(Fisher) is good, I think he's the highest rated guy ever recruited there. His physicality is what makes him. He's not necessarily faster or quicker than everybody else but he's really strong. He does a good job of putting people on his body and he's a good player."
Fisher enters the game averaging 9.7 points and 4.4 assists per game and the Mountaineers will have to fluster the highly touted freshman in order to disrupt TCU's offense, which is averaging nearly 80 points a game. And while schematics and strategy obviously play a roll in the final result of every game, the intangibles can often decide it to. The Mountaineers are coming off of a rough overtime loss and a game that they probably should have won despite playing poorly, so how has Huggins felt they have responded?
"We had a really good practice (on Thursday)," Huggins said. "They will be fine. You can't get too high and you can't get too low and it's hard. (Losing to Texas Tech) was tough."