That, of course, is another issue that will be interesting to see how it plays out. While Hoiberg praises Huggins for his ability to get players to play for him, the West Virginia coach has benched one of his best for the past game and a half because he isn't playing the way he wants him to play.
Whether or not point guard Juwan Staten plays tonight might remain up in the air until game time. Huggins said Monday that Staten would travel with the team, but he would have to see how he practices before making a decision to play him.
"We'll see where everything is and what happens from there,'' Huggins said.
Having Staten would be a bonus because one of Iowa State's best players is 5-foot-11 point guard Korie Lucious. The fifth-year senior, who played his first three seasons at Michigan State and sat out last year, runs the Cyclones' fast-paced attack and averages 5.4 assists. He has also dramatically cut down on his turnovers, which at times were six or seven per game.
Iowa State uses a nine-man rotation and five average double figures in scoring and another 9.2 points. Will Clyburn (14.3 points per game), a 6-7 shooting guard, is the leader, followed by Tyrus McGee (13.3), Georges Niang (11.5), Melvin Ejim (10.8) and Lucious (10.1). Ejim is the Big 12's leading rebounder despite being just 6-6.
How well West Virginia shoots the ball tonight might depend upon how the Mountaineers handle the pace that Iowa State will try to set. If WVU tries to run up and down the floor and take unwise shots, that could be an issue.
For Huggins, though, shooting is almost secondary to doing everything else right.
"I'd rather shoot 30 percent and win than shoot 51 percent and lose,'' Huggins said.
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