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WVU Basketball Looking to Fix On-Court Selfishness Versus Texas Tech



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West Virginia has struggled to get back into the groove that they were in that recognized them as a top-25 team earlier in the season. Some see it as WVU having selfish players, others don’t see it that way.

“We don’t have selfish guys. I mean, we don’t,” Huggins said. “I think sometimes it might appear that Erik [Stevenson] may takes some but he’s just trying to win. He just has so much confidence in himself. It’s never been about scoring more points or anything like that.”

Stevenson has taken the blame this month for his actions against Oklahoma State and is trying to gain his confidence back. The fifth-year senior is averaging 10.1 points on 33 percent shooting from the field. Stevenson has shown flashes of returning to his play from non-conference.

As a team, West Virginia will have to get it together within the next few hours. The Mountaineers travel for a matchup against Texas Tech on Wednesday. WVU comes into a hostile environment where the Red Raiders are seething for their first Big 12 win of the season.

Texas Tech averages 8.2 steals per game, which is 52nd in the country. West Virginia will need to fix their turnover issue and limit the number of forced errors against TTU.

“If we get into the mode or we’re getting selfish and guys just want to go one-on-one, they’re going to run guys at you,” WVU assistant Josh Eilert said. “They have an extreme help side and they do a really good job defensively. But if we get them moving side-to-side, I think we’ll get what we want.”

West Virginia averages 13.0 turnovers in conference play. WVU defeated a ranked TCU team last Wednesday but returned to their old ways against Texas over the weekend.

“We pick and choose when we want to play together,” WVU F Tre Mitchell said after the Texas loss. “We pick and choose the moments that we want to move the ball, we want to work together, want to screen for our teammate to get them open. We pick and choose the moments where we say you know forget about everybody else and I’m just going to try to do something myself.”

“We just have to start sharing the ball a little bit more and stay consistent with it,” Mitchell added.

West Virginia will head into Lubbock, Texas, with a must-win game against Texas Tech on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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