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Takeaways: WVU Not Prepared Despite Week Off

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WVU Basketball began a quick two-game road trip to Texas, falling to the Longhorns in Austin on Saturday. Let’s look at some takeaways from the game.

WVU Was Not Prepared At All

Since the competitive loss to BYU at home on Feb. 3, West Virginia has embraced the week-long break they received on their schedule. The team had two days off in between the BYU and Texas games. WVU interim HC Josh Eilert made it known that his team physically and mentally needs a break from the grueling Big 12 schedule.

WVU appeared as if they were just going through the motions against Texas. The Longhorns, led by Dylan Disu, shot well from three while West Virginia allowed many dunks in the paint too. Disu stretched the floor out, forcing WVU big man Jesse Edwards to follow him out at the perimeter. Disu started out a perfect 8-of-8 from the field into the second half and finished with 27 points.

Texas ran away with the game 94-58 and it was not ever close.

West Virginia has done a good job staying competitive despite their 8-14 record but Saturday was the rare occasion where the fight was not there. Eilert added in his postgame radio show that he didn’t have his team ready and took full blame for that.

Day and Night For Mountaineers on Road

With the loss, West Virginia moved to 0-9 away from home this season. WVU has defeated Kansas, Texas and Cincinnati all at home but has yet to win a Big 12 road game this year. West Virginia is a harder beat in Morgantown now but it’s a different story when hosting the Mountaineers.

The Mountaineers are also now 2-21 in their last 23 Big 12 road games, dating back to the 2021-22 season.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Don

    February 12, 2024 at 12:10 pm

    It appears that the players who transferred out were a lot smarter than those who stayed. Do not be surprised if those who stayed this year transfers out for the coming basketball season. They certainly have not played as much as they expected to be playing. Chances are next year the team will have more transfers than they do this year, which means no continuity to the program. Another miserable year upcoming for the 2024-2025 season. Lastly what talented player would want to transfer to WVU.

  2. Wv Joe

    February 12, 2024 at 12:48 pm

    Josh is not the coach we needed. Don’t blame the players, they had a week to get coached to beat Texas again and he failed. I don’t see WV being a great basketball institution in the future with him.

  3. MICHAEL W Saunders

    February 12, 2024 at 3:41 pm

    If the A .D doesn’t get a coach after the season then he needs to be fired. I never seen a team make an interm coach and have to hire a coach to teach him. Bring Huggins back please this embarrassing. We went from a final 4 team to laughing stock of the country. I know Huggs made mistakes but other coaches in the country made same mistakes and kept their job.

  4. Kawporn

    February 12, 2024 at 8:04 pm

    If the team is not prepared, then it’s the HC fault. The Mountaineers need a new HC. Hugs recruited most of this year roster. Bring him back immediately and see what the last 10 games will be.

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