Veterans Benched, But WVU’s Struggles Continue

Veterans Benched, But WVU’s Struggles Continue


MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The two biggest cheers during Saturday’s men’s basketball game against Oklahoma State came for a halftime jump rope performance and the introduction of new WVU head coach Neal Brown.

The home team that played on the same court that afternoon never draw nearly the same applause, which will tell you all you need to know about the outcome. West Virginia fell to the Cowboys 85-77.

West Virginia guard Jordan McCabe slams on the brakes on a drive

The loss was the fourth straight for the Mountaineers, who are now 8-8 overall and 0-4 in the Big 12. OSU is also 8-8, while holding a 2-2 league mark.

Veterans Esa Ahmad and Wes Harris didn’t see any action despite being No. 1 and No. 2 in minutes played prior to today. Both reportedly were healthy, but WVU head coach Bob Huggins simply chose not to play either.

Mountaineer freshman Trey Doomes, who had not seen any action prior to this game as the plan had been to redshirt him, had that redshirt pulled. The 6-foot-3, 175-guard saw nine minutes of action but did not score.

Fellow freshman Derek Culver, playing in just his sixth college game, recorded his third career double-double. The young center had 15 points and 15 rebounds. Beetle Bolden led WVU in scoring with a career-high 31 points.

West Virginia will try to snap its losing streak on Tuesday, as it visits TCU (12-2/1-1). The game is slated to start at 7 p.m. (Eastern) and will be televised by ESPNU.

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    Veterans Benched, But WVU’s Struggles Continue MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The two biggest cheers during Saturday’s men’s basketball game against Oklahoma State
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    I guess Huggs has thrown in the towel; but I can’t blame him. I don’t know what can be done with this team.

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    I appreciate the efforts of a very small handful of guys on this squad–none other than Beetle. He’s pure gold–not because of his scoring total today, but the overall effort and determination he ALWAYS provides, playing out of position (despite the multitude of injuries he has suffered through–all the while downplaying them). At the same time, a surging Derek Culver is something truly special to watch unfold. Other than a hustling Jordan McCabe that’s a gym rat, and a streaky Lamont West, and there’s not much else to be hopeful about, much less swell the chest of this Mountaineer fan.

    We’ve all witnessed Huggs try every conceivable combination, even to the degree of pulling a RS year on a promising young guard. All to no avail. Even in the Coli, where teams once feared to enter. No more. The gates are now wide open, even welcoming the team that was picked to finish last, with open arms. Now, seemingly, ANYONE can come to the Coli for an easy win against the newest cupcake on the block.

    As a result, this team has become the quintessential example of a Chinese fire drill on both ends of the court.

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