Above Average Joe's

West Virginia has a "Pittsnogle shuffle" that will go into effect should the sharp shooting center miss one game due to the birth of his son.

The two Joe's – Alexander and Herber – will flip flop positions on offense and defense, putting the freshman at the center spot on defense while the senior mans the slot on offense.

That Herber is seemingly a jack-of-all-trades makes the move easier, and still forces teams to guard the perimeter. Alexander's raw prowess and jumping ability should fit nicely into the middle of the 1-3-1, and having J.D. Collins or Darris Nichols behind will force the ball farther from the basket.

Heber will play the four on defense, with Alexander sliding to five and junior Frank Young manning the three.

"Jo knows all the five plays," Alexander said. "And I know the four. So we would stay there."

There would be no in-game changes for the pair. The positions are a sort of morphic blob anyway on offense, both because of WVU's free-flowing style and its mix of 6-4 to 6-6 players in Mike Gansey, Patrick Beilein, Young and Herber.

Rob Summers, 7-0 center (4.2 mpg in 19 games played, 0.5 ppg, 0.5 rpg), could also see increased time.

Alexander, 6-8, has averaged 3.9 minutes in nine games. He has hit four of eight shots for 11 points and has seven blocks, third on the team to Pittsnogle's 22 and Gansey's eight in far less time.

The 200-pound Maryland native said he is "definitely ready" to play additional minutes. Head coach John Beilein has worked the freshman into the games more, giving him at least two to three trips up and down the court as a precursor to seeing considerably more action should Kevin Pittsnogle have to miss a game.

Pittsnogle's wife, Heather, is due Feb. 1 with their first child, Kwynsie James. Pittsnogle was expected to play against the Irish as of Wednesday.

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