Huggins Cites Intensity As Key To WVU’s Backyard Brawl Win Over Pitt

Huggins Cites Intensity As Key To WVU’s Backyard Brawl Win Over Pitt


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — “We have to play hard like that.”

In a nutshell, Bob Huggins words were the key to West Virginia’s tiff- and spat-filled 69-59 win over Pitt at the WVU Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. The win, a critical one for the Mountaineers, advanced their record to 6-3 on the season.

“We have to play hard like that, and we have to rebound,” he continued. “That’s been the M.O. since i got here. We have to get more shots than our opposition.”

Huggins went on describing the effects of playing hard, but without it none of the other pluses of the WVU effort would have been in the books. The Mountaineers force 24 Pitt turnovers and limited the panthers to just 31.5% shooting from the field. Some of those were self-inflicted errors, but just as many were forced by the intensity West Virginia showed, especially on the defensive end.

Pitt played just has hard, and was credited for doing so by Huggins. The Panthers also forced 26 Mountaineer turnovers, besting WVU in that stat. It made for a game that didn’t set any standards for beauty, but was a fun and intense match-up for those on hand.

“I though it was two teams that battled and competed like heck against each other,” Pitt coach Jeff Capel said.

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    Huggins Cites Intensity As Key To WVU’s Backyard Brawl Win Over Pitt MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — “We have to play hard like that.” In a nutshell, Bob Huggins
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    #76752

    Get back to doing what we do best. Sags blocking shots. Hard nosed D. Diving on the floor after balls. Our Press was much better. Not nearly where it needs to be, but better.

    We just need to put something in to break the press.

    #76758

    That was a brutal offensive game. Partially because of good hard defense, partly because the refs let it go, but partly because both of the teams are sloppy and inexperienced.

    #76778

    Will be interesting to see if WVU’s success with the press was due to better play on its part, or the inexperience of Pitt’s guards. Agree that West Virginia’s intensity and effort were much better, and that helped. But is that enough against teams with more experienced ballhandlers?

    WVU has a bit of a problem scheming against the press. It uses cutters into the midcourt to provide a target for the first upcourt pass. You’d like to have a taller guy there, but one thing Esa Ahmad doesn’t do well is catch the ball. Harler has gotten a chance, but he’s not nearly as good of a target, and he’s not overly speedy on the dribble. Haley might be an option, but if he’s playing point then he would have to have someone else in the game to take the inbounds pass to throw it to him. West and Harris, I think we can judge by Huggins’ use of them, aren’t options there either.

    Part of it is also execution. Simple stuff, like squaring up facing the floor after catching a pass so you can see the whole floor. Diagonal passes against zone presses.

    #76789

    How about keeping alert enough that a pass won’t hit you upside the head?

    #76793

    How about keeping alert enough that a pass won’t hit you upside the head?

    THAT IS BOTH FUNNY AND SAD. I WATCHED THAT AND THOUGHT, OMG. BUT ASA DID LOOK FOR THE BALL AFTER THE NEXT PASS-IN. ASA JUST DOESN’T SEEM ALERT WITH HIS HEAD IN THE GAME 100%. TOO TIMID FOR HUGGYBALL, I THINK.

    KEVIN’S POINTS OF WORRY ARE SPOT ON. I, TOO, LOVED THE INCREASED INTENSITY, PARTICULARLY IN DOUBLE-TEAMING THE GUY WITH THE BALL. AND KONATE FINALLY BEING AROUND THE BASKET WHERE HE BELONGS INSTEAD OF PINING FOR 3’S. HIS 2-HANDED GRAB OF A SHOT 2 FEET FROM THE RIM WAS AWESOME. I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYONE DO THAT AND I’VE BEEN WATCHING COLLEGE BASKETBALL LONGER THAN MOST OF YOU HAVE BEEN ALIVE.

    IT GIVES ME HOPE. BUT I’M NOT NAIVE ENOUGH TO THINK THAT KANSAS WILL BECOME A WVU VICTIM. NOBODY IN THE BIG 12 WILL OVER THE FULL SEASON. BUT GOING FROM A TEAM WITH MORE LOSSES THAN ANY BIG 12 TEAM EXCEPT OKLAHOMA STATE TO A TEAM IN THE UPPER HALF OF THE BIG 12 STANDINGS WOULD BE A MAJOR IMPROVEMENT.

    MY FAITH IS IN HUGGINS AND THE TREADMILLS.

    #76830

    Kevin, any chance Haley could be the taller guy to get the pass on the press?

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