The idea was to allow players to get a feel for the rims, floor, lighting and more prior to the quarterfinal round game on Thursday against the winner of No. 7 Texas Tech and No. 10 Texas. The second-seeded Mountaineers worked the two-man offensive game, as well as getting shots up from multiple areas of the floor. The last 10 minutes became a focus on free throws, while WVU also drilled close outs on shots and some high post and on-ball screens.
In all, it was a basic session designed to give little away; the real work was done during a pair of closed practices inside Rockhurst University's Mason-Halpin Field House, with the coaching staff and players now preparing to watch Tech and the Longhorns play before finalizing a scouting report and again drilling tomorrow with an increased focus on the particular opponent. Take a look as the Mountaineers run through a close out and three-point shooting drill (above), a screen-and-pass drill with the guards (below) and get up a series of shots with the forwards prior to a flash-screen-drop step and finish set (also below).
As assistant coach Larry Harrison works with the backcourt, above, fellow assistant Erik Martin oversees the big men in the drill below. After the forwards ad centers get a series of shots up, Martin instructs as the players form two lines and work on flashing in the low post, setting screens, rolling off them and then finishing around the rim with power, drop-step and other moves.