The Mountaineers, seen above working an individual drill in which players are encouraged to change direction before attacking the rim or hitting jump shots, used the time in typical fashion, maximizing their number of shots taken inside the arena while not giving any indication of game plan or strategy during the open period. With a handful of fans present, WVU worked interior finishes and outside shooting, free throws, end-of-game shots (Nate Adrian buried one from halfcourt) and some two- and three-man drills.
West Virginia also worked on utilizing screens, offensive and defensive rebounding and aggressive putbacks. The Mountaineers were fairly loose - much more so than at the Big 12 Championships, and appeared to truly enjoy the time, which was crammed with dunks, step-back shots, drives and the always-enjoyable deep three-pointers taken as the time expires. It was a showcase of the enthusiasm head coach Bob Huggins has desired, and it gives an indication of a focused group who is also trying to enjoy the game preparation and entire NCAA Tournament process.
In the first clip, WVU focuses on individual work and making a cut or two before getting to the bucket or taking a solid jumper. In the second drill below, the forwards work off a defender before grabbing the offensive rebound for putbacks around the rim. Both will be a primary components against a smaller Bucknell team which could struggle to match the Mountaineers on the boards, and which might have issues with the quickness for West Virginia. After the session, WVU returned to its hotel and additional review for its first round game, which is expected to tip off at 2:45 p,m. on Thursday as the second game of the early session here in Buffalo.