Adjustments Key During Second Half of Season

Head coach John Beilein notes that some changes muxt be made as WVU rolls around the Big East conference a second time.

"You'd like to throw in a few wrinkles the second time around, but you have to be careful not to trick your own players," Beilein said as WVU began preparations for Seton Hall. "That's a concern we all have. I think you need to change up, but you have to be careful not to confuse your own team."

Even though the Mountaineers are facing the Pirates for the first time this year, West Virginia still must have a few tweaks ready to go, as the Seton Hall coaching staff has a full library of game films to choose from for scouting purposes.

Without a doubt, West Virginia's different offensive style contributed to their ability to spring upsets early in the season, because foes simply didn't know what to prepare for when facing the young Mountaineers. Now, with several games' worth of scouting material, that surprise factor begins to be less important.

Beilein believes that this factor is evident throughout the league, and not unique to foes of West Virginia. The Mountaineers' scoring output has dropped in recent games, but Beilein doesn't think that's neccesarily due to a dropoff in execution on his team's part.

"Defenses get better and offenses don't score as much the first time around the league. We've seen a lot of scores in the high twenties and thirties at halftime. Now, we didn't want to get into a game in the sixties and seventies against Rutgers, and we didn't want to be in the seventies against Notre Dame either."


Beilein is watching his players to see if 35+ minutes per game is earing them down.

"I don't know if Joe (Herber) or Drew (Schifino) have worn down. They are very conscious about the hours of sleep they get and the food they eat, and I'm conscious of the practice minutes we are putting in. As a coach, we may need to lighten up in some areas, but you have to practice too. That's an area I need to watch.

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Beilein says the Seton Hall's scoring prowess is an item that stands out in the film he's seen of the Pirates.

I've seen the Notre Dame-Seton Hall game. They can score points on you. They have a lot of guys who can put the ball in the basket in a crowd, like Drew Schifino does for us.

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Beilein notes that the quick pace of the big East season helps put disappointing losses like the one to the Irish in the background quickly.

"I haven't seen the players since the game, because all they did yesterday was lift and have study periods," Beilein said. "I'm over the loss, and I suspect the players will be over it too."

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