Well, there's not likely to be any West-like performances today when the teams meet, but there could be some points put on the board. Virginia Tech brings the nation's No. 3 scoring offense into the game, averaging 86.1 points. The Hokies haven't played a demanding schedule (it ranks No. 290 in the RPI), but their last two wins were impressive, coming over Iowa and otherwise-unbeaten Oklahoma State.
Tech has scored 95 or more points three times and 80 or more in all but one game this season and has the No. 2 scorer in the nation in 6-foot-3 senior guard Erick Green (24.9 points per game).
How high the score is today, though, is as much dependent upon West Virginia's defense as it is Tech's offense. Or at least Huggins said he hopes that's the case when asked about handling the Hokies' high-scoring offense.
"Honestly, you can ask them about handling a team that guards like us,'' said Huggins, whose team most recently used its defense to completely take Marshall out of its comfort zone and beat the Herd by 10 Wednesday night. "I think we'll do a better job of guarding them than people have. I think that's what it's going to come down to.''
Green isn't Tech's only prolific scorer. Junior forward Jarell Eddie averages 17.1 points and 6-5 guard Robert Brown is at 13.4. West Virginia has only two double-figure scorers and neither Deniz Kilicli nor Juwan Staten averages more than 11.3 points.
"They have some bigs, but their guards are really good,'' said WVU sophomore guard Jabarie Hinds. "Green can shoot, score, just about everything. And he takes some tough shots.''
Those shots figure to be even tougher today against West Virginia's defense. And, too, the sellout crowd could have an impact. While this is just the second home game for WVU (only two of the Mountaineers' first nine games are at the Coliseum), Tech is playing away from Cassell Coliseum for just the second time this season.
Today is also the first game that WVU sophomore Volodymyr Gerun is eligible to play after serving a six-game NCAA suspension. Huggins would not commit to playing the 6-foot-10, 240-pounder, but did admit that he has the potential to help because of his size and ability to shoot the ball better than WVU's other big men.
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