Many teams have a couple of tuneup games to start off the season and West Virginia was no different in its first game of the year. As a result, it is hard to tell how good a team or player is really going to be based off of a couple of easier opponents. Regardless, the Mountaineers may have found their offense.
They were horrible in that department last year, among many other things. Eron Harris was the leading scorer and he averaged less than 10 points per game. That is not a knock on Harris, but more of a knock on the entire team and their scoring woes.
Well, West Virginia dropped 77 points against a less talented Mount St. Mary’s team. Harris scored 19 points and Juwan Staten had 22 of his own. It would be amazing if both players could keep that up, but I doubt that will be the case. Both could average in double-figures, though.
The only bad thing is the fact that both players almost played the entire game. Staten actually did play all 40 minutes and Harris was really close at 39 minutes. That cannot happen all season long, but I am sure the minutes will start to balance out.
West Virginia will play Virginia Tech next. The Hokies lost their first game, but will be looking to bounce back against West Virginia. If the Mountaineers actually found their offense–finally–they may surprise some people. However, it is one game at a time for this team.
A win against the Hokies would be a great way to start off the 2013-14 season.