Is West Virginia On The Uptick After Topsy-Turvy Three Weeks?

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    Mountaineers Continue Recent Impressive Play, Shock Sooners On The Road MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Rumors of West Virginia’s demise are apparently greatly ex
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    #50640

    We all can get caught up in the here and now when reacting to wins and losses, but this is a very reasoned look at reasons WVU might be priming itself for much better play. Flu recovery is still a factor, but with more rest coming between now and Saturday, maybe the outbreak is behind the Mountaineers.

    That would leave another question (isn’t there always). Keep Beetle in the starting lineup, or get Dax back when he is fully recovered?

    #50649

    Big victory last night. And the last defensive play was superb. Konate, of all people poked the ball away from Young, and then Esa got a block on the last shot. Not to mention Esa and Carter slowing their roll in the back court. Excellent defense.

    #50652

    3 keys to the victory IMO..
    #1. West got his shot back in rhythm. This was a huge lift in spreading the floor. Without that their wings collapsed into the lane.
    #2. Esa is back. Beside his 14 pts, his 5 reb and fighting in the paint was something that we haven’t seen yet this year…… or most of the last two. He’s become more aggressive both on O and D. He had a couple very good in-your-face slams.
    #3. Beetle……. nuff said. This kid not only can shoot the 3 and force them to spread the floor, he can D. Not only take charges, but his on ball D has dramatically improved lately. IMO this is the biggest plus for the team.

    #50665

    Nice analysis, but. I don’t trust Esa won’t disappear again next game. WV needs him to be solid every game. Hopefully he will deliver.

    #50676

    IMO of 1,2 or 3, the one that is more permanent is #3. Beetle has progressed every game and seems to be getting better the more he’s counted on. This definitely gives us 3 G’s that are interchaneable. West will always be streaky. Shooters always are. This is where Harris needs to pick it up. Now, Esa is the wild card. If he can be the dominate Wing that we need, we will go far in the dance. If he disappears then we will struggle.

    #50704

    Bettle has listened well to Carter’s teaching. Bettle looks up to Carter. You can see it.

    #50707

    Big brother teaching the young jedi.

    #50720

    We all can get caught up in the here and now when reacting to wins and losses, but this is a very reasoned look at reasons WVU might be priming itself for much better play. Flu recovery is still a factor, but with more rest coming between now and Saturday, maybe the outbreak is behind the Mountaineers.

    That would leave another question (isn’t there always). Keep Beetle in the starting lineup, or get Dax back when he is fully recovered?

    I hope Beetle stays in the starting role–or simply give him way more PT than Dax. He’s earned it.

    #50740

    We all can get caught up in the here and now when reacting to wins and losses, but this is a very reasoned look at reasons WVU might be priming itself for much better play. Flu recovery is still a factor, but with more rest coming between now and Saturday, maybe the outbreak is behind the Mountaineers.

    That would leave another question (isn’t there always). Keep Beetle in the starting lineup, or get Dax back when he is fully recovered?

    I like Bolden starting. This is better for Dax because he can take that Paige/Phillip role. Plus, with Beetle starting that means a better chance of getting the jump on teams in the beginning of games because he’s by far the better scorer between the two players.

    #50741

    Bolden not only the better scorer, he’s a much better ball handler. This allows JC to play off the ball a little more. Dax is still the better defender and he gets more rebounds. But Beetle’s D has improved significantly thru this year.

    Of course, we give up a lot of height with Beetle vs Dax. There is a trade off.

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