Mountaineers Looking for Improved Effort


As College Basketball Season nears, West Virginia University Head Coach Bob Huggins is hoping his team can take a step towards the top of the Big 12 Conference.

A year after finishing with 17 wins and 16 losses and a first round loss to Georgetown in the National Invitational Tournament, West Virginia University Basketball hopes with several new players things are better this season. The Mountaineers finished 6th in the Big 12 last season and are picked to finish in the same spot, sixth, according to the Big 12 preseason poll.

The Mountaineers will be led by last year’s league lead – scorer, Juwan Staten. He averaged 18 points per game and led the conference in minutes played per game at just over 37. Staten was also named preseason Big 12 player of the year. Last year’s top three shooters are now gone, and replaced by 7 newcomers including three junior-college players.

West Virginia gave up 80 points or more 14 times last season.

The Big 12 held its conference media day yesterday in Kansas City.