"We're playing against better competition and we've got to be better,'' said sophomore guard Eron Harris. "There's no room for error.''
Indeed, through the first five games of the season West Virginia has generally had plenty of room for error. Save for a disturbing loss at Virginia Tech in which the Mountaineers blew a 17-point first-half lead, WVU has won its four games by an average of 23.5 points. In the last three games, West Virginia has averaged 95 points and is shooting 50.6 percent.
That's a huge departure from a season ago, when WVU averaged just 64 points and shot 41 percent, but Huggins says the difference is pretty easy to pinpoint.
"We have more guys who can make shots,'' Huggins said. "It's really pretty simple. You look like a good offensive coach whenever the ball goes in. When it doesn't go in you don't look so good.''
Making those shots at that rate won't be nearly as easy today and Wednesday and perhaps for the rest of the season. The three other teams in WVU's bracket in Cancun are a combined 15-1. Old Dominion is allowing just 59 points per game in a four-game win streak since opening with a loss to Missouri State.
"We kind of knew we were going to beat up on these two teams,'' freshman forward Devin Williams said after the sweep of Georgia Southern and Presbyterian. "It's not going to be like that now.''
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