Felix has filled the void at PG for the Longhorns.
Tomorrow night, West Virginia will make their first ever Big 12 basketball road trip as the Mountaineers head to Austin, Texas to take on the Longhorns. For WVU head coach Bob Huggins, the trip could be something of a daunting task, despite the fact that Texas is 8-6 and sporting a roster full of underclassmen.
"(Texas is) very talented, extremely talented," said Huggins this week. "I think Rick (Barnes) has done a great job with a bunch of young guys. He's got them playing like they are veterans, not like they are a bunch of freshmen and sophomores."
Sophomore Myck Kabongo was set to lead this Texas team before heading off to the NBA Lottery, but the NCAA had other plans, suspending him for the majority of the season due to violations that occurred in the offseason.
In his place has stepped in true freshman Javan Felix, who is averaging 9.6 points, 6.6 assists and 4.6 rebounds. Most recently, he scored 26 points and dished out nine assists in a Saturday afternoon overtime victory against Baylor.
"He was terrific," said Huggins about that performance. "He just really took over the early part of overtime and I thought he was terrific. He's got a great knack to get the ball in the lane. He really made shots for them. He plays so strong with the ball."
Regardless of who they are playing and what they bring to the table, though, Bob Huggins says West Virginia is at a tipping point in their season tomorrow night.
"In all honesty, we've put ourselves behind the eight ball," he said. "We've got to win games. It's pretty simple. We've got to win games."
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