MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia plays its second game in Charleston in a span of 16 days when the Mountaineers face William & Mary Sunday at the Civic Center.
It could, however, look like a slightly different team than the one that rallied to beat Marshall.
That's because after a short Christmas break, at least a few of the Mountaineers reported back in less than top playing shape, at least as far as coach Bob Huggins is concerned. And that could mean an adjustment in minutes.
"Most of them were good,'' Huggins said Friday after his second post-Christmas practice ran long. "Some of them didn't do anything.''
Who "some of them'' were, Huggins wasn't saying. But he did say that when the Mountaineers (7-5) face William & Mary (6-4) in Sunday's 3 p.m. game at the Civic Center, it could become obvious.
"You'll be able to tell that by their minutes Sunday,'' Huggins said.
Well, no matter who plays and for how long, this much is certain even before Sunday' game: It's crucial that the Mountaineers get a win. This is their final non-conference game of the season and Big 12 play begins next weekend with a TCU-Texas Tech road trip next Saturday and then the following Monday.
West Virginia hasn't won a game against a team in the RPI top 200, and this one wouldn't change that. Still, the Tribe, at No. 226, still would be the highest-ranked team the Mountaineers have beaten and would give them at least a running start into conference play.