By Jay Fisher
Typically, when you hit February, you have a decent idea of a basketball team’s identity. For WVU, it seems to be bit more difficult, given their seemingly Jekyll/Hyde method of playing well in some games, but not as well in other games.
At this point, I think I may have a handle on the team’s psyche, but it is just a guess. First, I’m not necessarily going to focus on “effort” – I do think the team plays hard, and they certainly didn’t want to lose all of the games they shouldn’t have. I do believe it is more an issue of focus. In some games, they come out with a razor sharp focus, which translates to better decision making, and better execution. In other games, they are playing hard, but not as sharp. It might show up in careless passes, poor free throw shooting (or shooting from the floor). It might show up in poor decision making on the defensive side of the ball, meaning opposing shooters are left wide open.
Notes: WVU’s next two games are at home: Texas Tech on Saturday at 2:00 (ESPN2), and Texas on Monday the 20th at 9:00 (ESPN)…The NCAA tournament committee released a preliminary Top 16 teams this past weekend. WVU was overall 14th, and was placed as the 4-seed in the West Region. Kansas and Baylor were both 1-seeds, and Virginia was a 3-seed…Congratulations to the wrestling team. They beat Iowa State 22-20 for their first Big 12 dual meet win. They had expected wins from nationally ranked Jacob Smith and Dylan Cottrell, but the clinching match was at heavyweight, where Brandon Ngati scored a pinfall for six points and that gave WVU the winning margin.