As his team prepared for their final practice before tomorrow’s game against Oklahoma State, Bob Huggins took to the phone to preview the Mountaineers’ game against the Cowboys in Stillwater.
“They’re very athletic; extremely athletic,” said Huggins during his Friday afternoon teleconference. “(Marcus) Smart is probably the most well-rounded point guard in our league, a McDonald’s All-American. He’s very, very good and 6-foot-3, 225 (pounds). He makes threes, they post him up and they do a lot of things with him.”
According to Huggins, though, the freshman sensation is far from the only threat on this Oklahoma State squad.
“Le’Bryan Nash is also a McDonald’s All-American. He’s the guy they go to when they really need a basket,” Huggins continued. “(Michael) Cobbins is extremely athletic. (Markel) Brown is probably the best athlete in our league. (Philip) Jurick is seven foot. He takes up a lot of space.”
Because of the length the Cowboys present, Huggins does “not think (WVU) can go that small” tomorrow afternoon. What he’s looking for, at least defensively, is for his team to return to their roots.
“I think we got to get back to doing what we’re good at and that’s ball pressure,” said Huggins. “Ball pressure has a tendency to take people out of sets. We have got to take people out of what they want to do. We have to make people do things they’re not comfortable doing.”
The team is set to practice this afternoon before flying out around dinner time and landing in Stillwater this evening. Tomorrow’s game will take place at 1:00PM ET and shown nationally on ESPNU.