"Shot clock's running down, they're falling out of bounds and heave one up,'' coach Bob Huggins said later, recounting the play. "You'd think we'd block out, wouldn't you? You'd think so. They catch it and lay it in. We're standing there watching it. That's not playing.''
Well, actually it is playing, for a while. And that's something West Virginia has mastered - playing in spurts, but not finishing. As Huggins is fond of saying - and repeated Saturday - basketball isn't a hard game. The hard part is doing a series of fairly simple things in rapid succession and without fail.
The Mountaineers do many of them - such as getting Oklahoma State into an awful spot in the shot clock - but then are either stopped or interrupt themselves.
What it has meant is that as the regular season winds down, it will take nothing short of a miraculous turnaround for West Virginia to avoid losing more games than it wins.
The Mountaineers (13-14, 6-8 Big 12) have four games remaining, plus at least one game in the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City. Just to assure themselves a break-even season they would have to win three of those final four regular-season games to finish 16-15 heading into the league tourney.
And all four of the remaining games are against teams with NCAA tournament resumes or hopes. It starts with Wednesday night's home game with Baylor, which is seeing its NCAA hopes slip away and is desperate for wins. Trips to Kansas and Oklahoma follow that, and a home game with Iowa State completes the regular season.
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