Photo credit – Percy Allen
West Virginia is a confident bunch. You can tell from talking to them, watching how the players interact with each other and their coach Bob Huggins.
When they broke the huddle following their practice at the Carrier Dome, they said: “National Champions.”
Before the workout, several players spoke to the media at the podium and looking at their behavior, you wouldn’t have known West Virginia had lost starting point guard Darryl “Truck” Bryant.
“We’re just comfortable with each other,” Da’Sean Butler said. “I don’t see where the whole panic about everything will be. I think we’ll be fine. Everybody seems excited. We’ll continue to smile and be loose and enjoy ourselves. … There’s no reason to get uptight and panic and do what everybody wants us to do.”
Huggins implied he’s may roll out a five forwards in the starting lineup like he did for four games in December. He also believes backup PG Joe Mazzulla could play 35 minutes if needed.
Huggins on UW: “They’re as good in transition as anybody in the country. I think they’re probably the best transition team in the country. It’s not that difficult to run off of misses. It’s very difficult to run off of makes.
“If you look at their film, they get it out of the net and they’ve got tremendous team speed. They really run the floor. And we’re going to have to get back and get back in bunches. We can’t be all scattered out. We have to really run the floor and get back and be prepared to guard because they’re coming at you at a very high rate of speed.”
Several Seattle-area media members were very impressed with West Virginia’s length. They’re a tall team. When the Mountaineers did an inside drill, they were explosive and athletic.
Not sure how well they shoot the ball. Mazzulla is more of a passer and he’s a solid ball handler. Butler can handle the ball, but West Virginia wants him to shoot it so that creates some problems for them.
March 24, 2010 at 11:35 AM
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