Just one day before West Virginia knocked off No.2 Kansas, head coach Bob Huggins lamented on his team's struggles and pointed specifically to turnovers and missed free throws. The Mountaineers cleaned up both of those things on Tuesday evening and it led to a 16 point in over what could be the country's best team. Shortly after the victory Huggins gave his team credit for preparing the right way and playing a relatively clean game against Kansas.
"I thought our shot selection was really good," said Huggins. "We didn't force things. They heard enough about what our problems were. I dont know why you have to go through what we have gone through the last week or so for it to sink in. I told them in April we can't turn the ball over and we have to make free throws. We did both of those things today and played pretty well."
The Mountaineers shot 83 percent from the charity stripe and committed just eight turnovers in the win, but the thing that will jump out most about the stat sheet was the play of Esa Ahmad. Ahmad, who had played poorly in the previous few contests, bounced back in a big way in the win against Kansas and scored 27 points in the win. Huggins didn't seem too surprised with the sophomore forward's performance.
"I think he kind of rededicated himself to the game." said Huggins. "He wasn't really good at the Kansas State game or at the Oklahoma game. He got in the gym. I know you guys get tired of me saying that but again, he got in the gym. He was in the gym last night at 9 o'clock after being in there early before practice and late after practice. That's what it takes."