Charleston Daily Mail | WVU BASKETBALL: No. 21 Mountaineers set records in blowout of VMI

In 106 seasons and 2,696 games of West Virginia University men’s basketball, never had an opponent turned the ball over 36 times in a single game. That happened here at the Charleston Civic Center on Wednesday night, and the Mountaineers had an awful lot to do with the statistic.

In addition to the record-breaking opponent turnover number, WVU tied a school record with 26 steals in a 103-72 win over VMI in front of a crowd of 8,102. The No. 21 Mountaineers entered the game in the top 10 in Division I hoops in turnover margin and steals.

“I was concerned because they shoot the ball so well and they play a bunch of guys who have ball skills,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “You saw what happened when they got out of the pressure, they just jumped up and made threes. I was hoping we could turn them over.”

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The Charleston Gazette | WVU sets school turnover record, pounds VMI 103-72

West Virginia flashed a new team and a new philosophy to the country in winning the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic which culminated with a victory over Connecticut on Sunday.

On Wednesday, a road-weary Mountaineers team shook off some early jet lag and showed even bigger things to the Capitol City.

WVU’s new-found pressure defense squeezed a school-record 36 turnovers out of VMI which led to 41 points as the Mountaineers sprinted away with a 103-72 win over the Keydets on Wednesday night.

A healthy crowd of 8,102 was on hand at the Charleston Civic Center.

West Virginia was playing its first game as a ranked team and looked every bit the part on Wednesday, using a 20-8 run at the end of the first half to push its lead to 53-35 at the break.

There was no Puerto Rico hangover.

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The Charleston Gazette | Dave Hickman: WVU in a giving mood this year

There are all sorts of Thanksgiving themes we could work with here in relation to one very important part of West Virginia’s football success — or lack thereof — this season.

They’re all really corny, though, so we’ll spare you the groans, save for saying that they deal with a spirit of giving and how it’s better to give than receive and all that nonsense.

It’s obvious, though, right? We’re talking about the generosity that the Mountaineers have shown on offense and special teams and the selfless act of seldom asking for anything in return via their defense.

It’s about turnovers, if you haven’t figured it out already.

“It’s a problem. We’ve addressed it,’’ coach Dana Holgorsen said this week. “I don’t know what else to say.’’

Or do, apparently.

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Mountaineers Roll in Charleston – WVU Athletics

Fresh off their Puerto Rico Tipoff championship, the No. 21-ranked Mountaineers took a little while to get warmed up, trailing the Keydets by one at the second TV timeout of the first half, but a Juwan Staten 3 and then 10 straight points from Carter – six coming on a pair of 3-point jumpers – keyed a 27-13 run over the remaining 7:33 of the half.

“Pretty good,” said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins of Carter’s performance.

Freshman Daxter Miles Jr. also had a solid night in the scoring department with 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting.

“Those freshmen are very capable of having those kind of nights,” said Huggins. “They make shots. They can get it to the basket and they’re much more multi dimensional than some of the guys we’ve had in the past.”

In the second half, Huggins substituted liberally as West Virginia’s lead swelled to as many as 34 points on a couple of occasions.

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No. 21 WVU Routs Evansville, 83-39 – WVU Athletics

The No. 22/21-ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team rolled to an 83-39 victory over Evansville at the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday evening.

The Mountaineers (3-1) used a string of runs, including an eight point game-opening barrage, to take a commanding 41-22 halftime lead. Evansville (1-3) cut the deficit to single digits late in the first stanza, but were unable to accommodate for WVU’s physical pressure. The Mountaineers picked up 62 rebounds and outscored the Aces 48-14 inside.

For the second time this season, Bria Holmes eclipsed the 30-point mark with a game-high 32 points and a career-best 12 made field goals. The junior reeled in six rebounds and tied Linda Stepney for the team lead with five assists.

Wednesday evening marked a career-setting night for Crystal Leary, who tallied new personal bests with 14 points and four blocks. Averee Fields reached double-digits for the fourth straight game by adding 12 to the score column.

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WATCH: WVU Basketball Postgame Video Interviews – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports

Watch full videos of WVU Basketball Coach Bob Huggins and his players following their win over VMI in Charleston.

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WV MetroNews – Freshman’s fantastic night fuels 103-72 runaway over VMI

West Virginia’s Jevon Carter swore he wasn’t aware of his early scoring outburst. So fellow freshman Daxter Miles made sure to point it out on the way to the halftime locker room.

“I told him ‘Bro, you got like a quick 20.’ And he said, ‘No, you’re playing with me,'” Miles said. “I told him that’s good, so let’s keep playing defense and keep scoring.”

Carter did keep scoring, putting up a career-high 28 points, and No. 21 West Virginia kept pulling away in a 103-72 romp over VMI.

It was a welcome-back soiree for the Mountaineers (6-0), who returned to work after upsetting UConn to win the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

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Charleston Daily Mail | Chuck McGill: WVU hosts VMI in a first for Staten

Juwan Staten’s first college basketball game was an exhibition against Grand Valley State on Nov. 1, 2010. He was a point guard for the Dayton Flyers then, and since has played in 104 collegiate games and logged more than 3,200 minutes of playing time.

But Wednesday night at the Charleston Civic Center, when Staten and the West Virginia Mountaineers host VMI in a non-conference game (7:30 p.m. tip), it’ll be a first for Staten. The preseason Big 12 Player of the Year has never played for a nationally ranked team.

“I don’t know if it will really kick in or not until I see it on TV, after we play a game and I get to watch,” Staten said Tuesday morning before practicing in the 12,337-seat Civic Center. “It feels great. I haven’t been ranked in college.”

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Charleston Daily Mail | WVU FOOTBALL: Morrissey, Cyclones endure long season

This is the end of another long year at Iowa State, one that may see the Cyclones lose 10 games for the second time in seven years and finish without a win in the Big 12 for the third time since the league formed in 1996.

They’ve lost nine players to season-ending injuries, three games by four points or fewer and four games by 20 points or more.

They lost to North Dakota State in the opener 34-14 and then a week later let the game slip away against Kansas State for a 32-28 loss. They beat Iowa on a late field goal and lost to Texas the same way. The loss to the Longhorns came before consecutive blowouts against Oklahoma and Kansas.

So with the end in sight and games remaining at home Saturday against West Virginia and then a week later at TCU, coach Paul Rhoads gave his team the day off Sunday.

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The Charleston Gazette | Rejuvenated Mountaineers host VMI at Civic Center

When former South Charleston and George Washington high school standouts Ot and Jon Elmore withdrew from VMI, a bit of the air left today’s Keydet game against WVU at the Charleston Civic Center.

The Mountaineers’ success in Puerto Rico, however, has pumped excitement back into the game.

After winning the Puerto Rico Tip-off tournament title by beating defending national champion Connecticut, West Virginia has been ranked No. 21 in the latest Associated Press poll.

Today the Mountaineers host VMI (2-2) at 7:30 p.m., and while the sights around Charleston might not rival those of San Juan, it is another new experience for most of WVU’s players.

“We haven’t really talked about the Civic Center because we were focused in on Puerto Rico,” said Mountaineer senior and Big 12 preseason player of the year Juwan Staten. “I’m pretty sure they’ll hear, though. We’ll definitely tell them what happens in this building. It’s something they’ll have to experience.”

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The Charleston Gazette | Trickett will start if he’s cleared to play

Dana Holgorsen made it clear Tuesday that Clint Trickett remains West Virginia’s starting quarterback.

That doesn’t necessarily mean, though, that he will be the starter Saturday when the Mountaineers finish the regular season at Iowa State.

It’s really not that confusing. Trickett has yet to be cleared medically to play when WVU (6-5, 4-4 Big 12) faces Iowa State (2-8, 0-7) at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa. If he is, he will play. If not, the job will go to sophomore Skyler Howard.

“Clint’s our starting quarterback,’’ Holgorsen said Tuesday during his weekly press conference. “He’s been our starting quarterback for 11 games, he’s been a huge part in the success that we’ve had offensively [and] has done a great job for us. He’s dinged up right now. It’s still unknown what’s going to happen.

“We’ve got all those guys repping right now. We’re going to continue to evaluate the situation … even into Friday to see who’s going to be getting the reps.’’

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The Charleston Gazette | Mitch Vingle: Huggins, WVU going retro

When WVU’s basketball team and head coach Bob Huggins hit Charleston’s Civic Center on Tuesday, the first question to ask came easily.

What was the deal with the coach’s scruffy goatee?

“I hate to shave,” deadpanned the coach.

It’s just part of a transformation. For the coach. For his team.

Huggins seems more relaxed. He seems happier.

Sure, winning cures all. But there’s more. He’s back to his former self. His team is playing like his former Cincinnati Bearcat teams.

“I tried that kinder, gentler stuff,” Huggins said. “It hasn’t worked. I tried. My mistake for trying. We’re going to coach them hard. They’re going to play hard. And they’ve embraced it. They love it.

“They know we care about them. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. That’s the way it’s always been.”

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Mountaineers to Battle VMI in Charleston – WVU Athletics

How do you slow down a team that wants to play as fast as VMI does? According to West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, make them play even faster.

“We’ve just got to contain them a little bit,” Huggins said before the team’s workout at the Charleston Civic Center earlier today. “They play fast on their own so if you can try and make it a little harder for them to get the ball in bounds it may slow them down a little bit.

If you are looking for some entertaining, up-and-down basketball with lots of scoring then the Charleston Civic Center is where you want to be on Wednesday night.

Few teams in college basketball play as fast as VMI, the Keydets regularly ranking among the top scoring teams in the country under 10th-year coach Duggar Baucom, and this style of play helped VMI win 22 games last season and make an eight-game improvement in the win column in just a year’s time.

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WATCH: WVU Football Players, Assistants Discuss Regular Season F – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports

West Virginia University football assistant coaches and players met with the media on Tuesday afternoon from the Milan Puskar Center.

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WATCH: Huggins, WVU Basketball Players Talk in Charleston – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins and the No. 21 Mountaineers men's basketball team are in Charleston this week for a Wednesday night match-up against VMI. 

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WV MetroNews – Points may be plentiful as West Virginia hosts VMI in Charleston

Through its opening five victories, West Virginia is averaging fewer than 31 points in the paint. That figure should spike Wednesday night against the run-and-gun VMI Keydets, who surrendered 84 in the paint—Eighty-four!—to UNCW in Saturday’s loss.

That’s the price of playing fast, aggressive, and sometimes reckless. But VMI historically piles up plenty of points itself, leading the nation in scoring four of the past six seasons. So it promises to be a curious and exciting test when the Keydets (2-2) arrive at the Charleston Civic Center.

“They’re different. They’re really different,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said.

via WV MetroNews – Points may be plentiful as West Virginia hosts VMI in Charleston.

WV MetroNews – West Virginia knows the danger of facing 2-win Cyclones

Facing the Big 12’s last-place team sounds like the perfect setup for West Virginia to snap a three-game losing streak. Then again, facing a two-win Iowa State team didn’t go so well for the Mountaineers last year.

The Cyclones (2-8, 0-7) have gone 1-5 at home this season, including a loss to FCS member North Dakota State, to jeopardize coach Paul Rhoads and his staff. But amid the disappointment, Iowa State led Kansas State in the final 2 minutes and lost 48-45 at Texas on a last-second field goal.

“You need to ignore their record,” Dana Holgorsen said. “There’s no easy games in the Big 12.”

via WV MetroNews – West Virginia knows the danger of facing 2-win Cyclones.

Charleston Daily Mail | WVU FOOTBALL: With QB job, Holgorsen will look at ‘body of work’

All Dana Holgorsen will say about his quarterback for the regular-season finale against Iowa State is Clint Trickett won’t lose his job because of how he has played lately.

Trickett left last week’s loss to Kansas State with a concussion and hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since the opening drive of the loss to TCU on Nov. 1. Skyler Howard threw two touchdowns and passed for 198 yards after replacing Trickett in the third quarter of last Thursday’s home game against the Wildcats.

The Mountaineers coach said afterward he’d “absolutely” consider revisiting Howard’s role after watching the film and seeing the quarterbacks in practice. Holgorsen sounded different on Monday’s Big 12 conference call.

“I’m not in the business of replacing people because they had a bad game or because of an average performance,” Holgorsen said. “I’m very happy with how Skyler went in there and played. He sparked us. There’s no disputing that. That being said, you’ve got to treat your starting quarterback probably a little different than the rest of your players.”

via Charleston Daily Mail | WVU FOOTBALL: With QB job, Holgorsen will look at ‘body of work’.

The Charleston Gazette | Dave Hickman: WVU press working, but can improve

West Virginia’s basketball team has played five times and won all five.

The Mountaineers have played a couple of tense games, yet have won four of the five by at least 10 points and the average margin is 15.

Bob Huggins’ team has to date played almost exactly to script, forcing opponents into an average of nearly 22 turnovers per game, outrebounded them by almost 10 on average and, because of the large disparity in those first two numbers, has managed to take 105 more shots than they’ve allowed.

Think about that last number for a moment. That’s an average — an average — of 21 more shots per game. Think of it in this context: If an opponent puts up 60 shots and shoots 50 percent, that’s going to win a bunch of games. With all those extra shots, WVU needs to shoot just 37 percent to score the same number of points.

That’s a distinct advantage, especially for a team whose shooting is and will remain suspect until all those newcomers prove they can or can’t put the ball in the basket consistently. It’s the reason Huggins plays that way. And the result through five games — including a win over defending national champion Connecticut and two other teams here over the weekend — has been five wins and now even a spot in the Top 25, where West Virginia is ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press poll this week.

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Mountaineers Return to the Top 25 – WVU Athletics

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – On the strength of last night’s 78-68 victory over Connecticut in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tipoff, West Virginia is back in the national rankings for the first time in three years.

Coach Bob Huggins’ Mountaineers are ranked No. 21 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 and No. 24 in this week’s USA Today Coaches’ Poll, released earlier today.

This is West Virginia’s first appearance in college basketball’s top 25 since March 14, 2011 when the Mountaineers were ranked 22nd in the AP poll.

West Virginia is one of four Big 12 teams ranked in this week’s AP top 25 (No. 7 Texas, No. 11 Kansas and No. 13 Iowa State) and one of five in this week’s USA Today poll (No. 9 Texas, No. 12 Kansas, No. 13 Iowa State and No. 21 Oklahoma).

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