Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

WVU Getting to the Meat of Schedule

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

WVU Getting to the Meat of Schedule

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MORGANTOWN - It was a Monday night game, much like that in Charleston a week prior. WVU, now ranked No. 22 in the USA Today coaches poll, drew but 6,196 to the Coliseum to play and, eventually, whip Bethune-Cookman. Kanawha Valley fans can insert their ribbing of Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins here if they wish. He poked at them last week when 8,101 showed at the Civic Center for James Madison.

That aside, though, the atmosphere was flat Monday for the second of four games in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational that now - hey! - moves to Vegas. The only thing we learned is WVU should be favored against Richmond.

I can write that because the Spiders defeated Bethune-Cookman 89- 64. The Mountaineers defeated the same team 97-44. (I know. Handicapping is in my future, right?)

West Virginia has defeated its first four opponents by an average of 38.2 points. Devin Williams is averaging a double-double at 18 points and 11.3 rebounds. Jon Holton is almost averaging one at 9.8 and 10. And four Mountaineers aside from Williams - Jevon Carter, Daxter Miles, Jaysean Paige and Elijah Macon - are averaging double digits in scoring.

Dish credit to the team for avoiding an upset, which has become an epidemic this season. See Northern Iowa over North Carolina. See Western Illinois over Wisconsin. See William & Mary over North Carolina State. See Northern Florida over Illinois.

"We're grateful, said Williams on Monday. "We just have to keep working and getting better.

That would be the correct approach. See, with Thanksgiving approaching, WVU is getting to the meat of the schedule. That Richmond team I referenced? It took down Wake Forest of the Atlantic Coast Conference by 91-82 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

And if WVU beats the Spiders on Thursday? It will probably face California on Friday. All the Golden Bears were picked to do is finish second in the Pac-12 to Arizona. Coach Cuonzo Martin, in his first season in Berkeley, secured a Top 5 recruiting class that he's now leaning on. …

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