The victory marked the Mountaineers’ second such win against the Longhorns this season, as West Virginia completed the season series sweep and advanced to 11-11 on the season. More importantly for West Virginia fans is the fact that they now sit at 4-5 within the Big 12 Conference after back-to-back victories.
Now before we usher in the “has West Virginia turned a corner” discussion, let’s understand who those victories came against. A win over a depleted Texas Tech squad and a Longhorn group that has continuously disappointed in 2012-13 is nothing to get excited about. However, West Virginia has found some light in their recent victories to build upon.
In those wins, the Mountaineers have certainly showcased a better offensive balance, especially considering their overall struggles in scoring the basketball this season. Leading scorer Aaric Murray was limited to only one point in the win on Monday night, but head coach Bob Huggins did get 14 points inside from senior forward Deniz Kilicli.
At this juncture of the season, West Virginia needs a serious run if they have any chance at qualifying for the postseason, yet rematches with both TCU (who they defeated 71-50 a few weeks back) and Texas Tech are on the docket in two of the team’s next three scheduled games.
Either way, it’s nice to see some bright spots for the Mountaineers in a season that has been a disappointment to date.
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