WVU Faces Short Recovery Time

Head coach John Beilein's Mountaineers overcame some tough obstacles to eke out a win over Providence at home, but things don't get any easier as WVU hits the road for games at Georgetown and St. John's.

"It was a gutty performance by both teams," Beilein said of the 67-65 West Virginia win. "They were missing Brewington, and we had three or four guys with flu-like symptoms that were not at 100%. It was a great basketball game, and we were the lucky ones in the end with ball bouncing the right way for us." Providence missed three shots in the final 30 seconds, and any one of those, if converted, would have given the lead to the Friars.

WVU next faces Georgetown, which runs a variation of the Princeton style of offense. And while the schemes, cuts and reads the Hoyas employ are different than those used by the Mountaineers, the similarities are such that the game should provide an intriguing matchup in styles.

"We have played against the Princeton type of offense on a few occasions, but I don't think any of them have played against our type of offense," Beilein said of the impending matchup. "It will be interesting to see how the two teams adjust. Someone once told me that we were like a Princeton with athletes. Now Georgetown is certainly that, with tremendous athletes. I'll hate it on Saturday, but it can be beautiful to watch. Our schemes are different but our philosophies are the same.

"I hope will be that we match up with them better than other Big East teams," Beilein continued. "They will have four perimeter guys out there that can shoot or pass. Jeff Green is a terrific high post player and four man for them. "I've only seen him on tape and in high school, and he's still young. He probably just turned 18 when he started at Georgetown. But his numbers tell me he's one of the better [freshmen] in the league."


Beilein talked about the effect tape study has had on the game.

"It's very much like you see in NFL football, where the scoring goes in trends," Beilein explained. "You can sit on a tape and watch it and watch it, and figure out patterns for what people do. "In the old days, I'd call another coach and scratch notes and if I could get stats it was huge.

"The key thing is that it's not important what I know. It's important what I can get my players to know. Coaches have to work very hard at that, to make them understand the scheme up and how to break it up. And then we might break their scheme, and then they get a one on one and it might be the worst thing that could happen."

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Assistant coach Jerry Dunn, who came to WVU after being a head coach at Penn State, has fit in well with the existing staff. Dunn brings a level of detail and organization to the staff that is a great deal of help

"Because he has been an assistant before, I think he went right back into that same mode of, ‘I'm a team guy first and I'll do whatever it takes,'" Beilein said. "I've never been an assistant, and I don't know if I could have made that move so easily. He's been able to adjust. Of our three assistants, he's a tremendous detail guy. He sees things that show his vast experience. For example, one of our coaches might say we need to go man to man, then Jerry will point out that we need to shade this shoulder on that guy if we go man."

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Beilein singled out a few players who had good performances for the Mountaineers in the Providence game.

"Frank Young, who probably had the freshest legs of anyone out there, was very helpful. I thought that Kevin Pittsnogle had an outstanding game. And J.D. Collins and Darris Nichols had great games running the point."

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WVU's health remains a concern. Several players, including Mike Gansey, Tyrone Sally and D'or Fischer, will see doctors at different times today as they try to get over the cold and flu symptoms that slowed them against the Friars.

"Our guys were absolutely gassed," Beilein said of the PC game. "It was hot in the Coliseum, and it was a tough struggle for our guys. We aren't at 100% right now."

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