Because of that athleticism, this might not be a team that West Virginia wants to push the pace against. Yes, the Mountaineers are more athletic than a year ago - OSU won the two games between the teams by 16 and 14 points - but even Huggins admits they might not match up yet with the Cowboys.
"There are teams we want to push the tempo against,'' Huggins said. "I don't think this is one of those teams.''
The difficulty in playing Oklahoma State is that the Cowboys can play a transition game or go to a half-court style. He's not even in the starting lineup, but OSU has one of the most dangerous 3-point shooters in the country in Phil Forte, who is tied with WVU's Eron Harris for the league lead in 3-pointers with 41 and is making nearly half (48.8 percent) of his long-distance shots.
When the teams played in Morgantown last season, Forte wasn't a factor. In Stillwater he had a career-high 26 points and made six 3-pointers.
So be it a running game or a half-court game, playing Oklahoma State is dangerous. The Cowboys' two losses this season were by five points to a Memphis team it had beaten by 21 two weeks earlier, and 74-71 at Kansas State in the Big 12 opener and the first game after losing Cobbins.
"It's not like we're not going to try to run when we have the chance,'' Huggins said. "We just have to be a little more judicious about when we do it.''
Today's game is the first of two in three days for West Virginia, which hosts Texas Monday night.
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