"They are a zone team, a trap team," Catlett said. "They use the 1-3-1 zone and various traps. We have not seen that, and I am anxious to see how we respond. Hopefully we can make the right passes, the right shots and decisions."
The Mountaineers' Tuesday practice was awful, Catlett said, because the team was still getting its legs back from the New Mexico trip. He said he would be "very surprised" if WVU overlooked UAM.
West Virginia hopes to work on a variety of offensive sets and defensive looks when it plays host to Arkansas-Monticello Saturday at the Coliseum.
"Every team in college is good," forward Chris Moss said. "They are not going to beat themselves. We have to do it."
The Mountaineers will look to improve on staying out of foul trouble and getting more production out of the center position, the five spot, with John Oliver, Ales Chan and others, like Chaz Briggs. WVU also needs to work on clock management, according to Catlett. The Blue and Gold allowed New Mexico several additional possessions in the final two minutes of the 88-85 win, and that enabled the Lobos to tie the game before Jonathan Hargett's three-pointer in the with 10.7 seconds remaining.
Catlett also said the team might never get into a comfortable substitution pattern because of the mix of players and the lack of a scorer at center.
Look for Catlett to try several different player combinations in an effort to piece together lineups and combinations for the Big East schedule.
"We are tired of playing each other again," Moss said. "We just want to get out there."
Said Oliver, "We can't just run through the motions."
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WVU's players had not watched film of UAM as of Friday afternoon, but they were not shy concerning the school's mascot, the Boll Weevil.
"We've been saying 'Beat the Boll Weevils' at the end of practice, and some guys are cracking up," Moss said. "I don't know what it is. Your guess is as good as mine. I think it's an insect."
Said forward Josh Yeager: "It's a toss-up. I will say it is whatever you want it to be." Like an elastic mascot, or something?
Moss was closer. A Boll Weevil is a beetle-type insect that destroys cotton bolls. Hence, UAM's football stadium is called the Cotton Boll. No lie.
UAM, regrettably, will not bring its mascot because of NCAA regulations prohibiting visiting mascots at basketball games unless it is a tournament or neutral setting.