EerSports evaluates West Virginia's 95-53 exhibition victory over Glenville State on Tuesday night.
Huggins was not pleased with his team's effort.
Let's start things out with some positive individual stats...... Deniz Kilicli led the way with 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, applying a variety of post moves and running the court for easy buckets. Transfers Juwan Staten and Aaric Murray were equally as impressive. Staten finished with 16 points (6-of-8 from the field), six assists, three steals and zero turnovers. Murray was one rebound shy of a double-double, registering 13 points (5-of-7), nine boards and two blocks. Even the soon-to-be-suspended Volodymyr Gerun had a good night, finishing with 12 points and crashing the offensive glass for three offensive rebounds in only 12 minutes.
The returning players didn't play so hot and neither did the freshmen..... Jabarie Hinds was 1-of-7 from the floor and had four turnovers, while Gary Browne missed all four of his shot attempts and turned it over three times. True freshmen Eron Harris and Terry Henderson combined to go 1-of-7 from the floor for only three points.
Outside shooting is going to be an issue all season long.... Perimeter shooting was the main sticking point for me heading into the season and last night's, er, "performance" did not quell those concerns. The team shot a combined 1-of-14 from beyond the arc. Not only that, but looking at the official shot chart, of WVU's 37 made field goals, only four of them came from outside the lane. Another was an elbow jumper and the remaining 32 were all layups, low post moves or offensive putbacks. That's okay against a WVIAC team, but Big12 teams are going to pack in their defense and force the Mountaineers to shoot from outside.
Huggins was really only happy with two players after the game..... Kevin Noreen and Juwan Staten. Noreen finished with eight points and seven rebounds while showing more hustle than most anyone on the court. Head coach Bob Huggins labeled him the "second-best big" after the game. He was equally as impressed with Staten, naming him as the first player he was pleased with during his post-game press conference.
A few quotes that one might not associate with a coach who just won by 42 points.....
"We had a bad day."
"We were just very careless with the basketball."
"We didn't run the floor; we didn't get loose balls; we didn't hang on to balls; we didn't pass it very well."
"I just don't think we competed."
"After today, I don't know if I want to play (more games early in the season)."
"They asked me if we're ready for Gonzaga, which, obviously, we're not."