And then come home games with RPI No. 13 Oklahoma State and No. 35 Texas. The rest of the season brings two games each against the likes of No. 1 Kansas, No. 6 Iowa State, No. 9 Baylor, No. 50 Oklahoma and No. 85 Kansas State.
For a West Virginia team that is still on the verge of the Top 100 - WVU is No. 105 - despite being without a quality win, it's the opportunity to make some hay.
The fact that the Big 12 schedule starts at the bottom - with TCU and Texas Tech - instead of at the top certainly is a bit of a bonus. Then again, when that notion was presented to coach Bob Huggins Thursday he chose to look at it in the bigger picture.
"I think we've got to win them all,'' Huggins said when asked if there was pressure to perform right out of the gate knowing that if TCU and Texas Tech can't be conquered then what chance is there against Kansas and Oklahoma State and the like. "If we're going to realize what these guys want to realize, then we've got to win a lot of games.''
Indeed, a repeat of last season's pattern won't cut it. A year ago the Mountaineers finished seventh in the 10-team league, winning all six regular-season games against the teams below them in the standings - Texas, TCU and Texas Tech - and losing all 12 against the teams ranked higher. The season then came to a crashing end when WVU couldn't again master Texas Tech, losing on a last-second shot in the play-in round of the Big 12 tournament.
And so whether the opponent is TCU or Texas Tech on one end of the standings or Kansas and the like on the other, the Mountaineers can't pick and choose against which teams it will compete. To an extent, that's already happened this season with the almost-regular routs of the poorer teams it has played and the winless stretch against the better ones.
"I haven't really paid much attention to who is good [in the Big 12] and who isn't,'' point guard Juwan Staten said. "We know we're in Big 12 play and we have to play at a higher level. And it doesn't matter who it's against.''
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