MORGANTOWN - At various stages during a rather fractured interview following another West Virginia loss on Saturday, Eron Harris seemed at a loss to explain much of anything.
"I'm just in a state where I don't know what to do,'' Harris said at one point.
"I'm running out of answers for everything,'' he said at another.
Such is pretty much the general state of affairs where the Mountaineers are concerned in the wake of three straight losses that seem to have set the team on an unfortunately familiar path. Saturday's 78-56 rout at the hands of Kansas State on the road was WVU's third straight. It was the second in a row that really wasn't even competitive.
In other words, if things don't change rather quickly, what is standing in the way of a repeat of last year's 13-19 debacle?
"Yeah, it's like last year is continuing,'' Harris said. "It's frustrating.''
In truth, the parallels to a year ago are striking, at least in terms of where the Mountaineers are and could be heading. On Jan. 20 of last year, WVU was 8-9 overall and 1-3 in the Big 12. The Mountaineers had followed up an overtime road win at Texas with a one-point home loss to a Kansas State team that would go on to share the Big 12 title, then lost back-to-back road games, the second a rout at the hands of Purdue.
This year on Jan. 20? Well, WVU is 10-8 overall and 2-3 in the Big 12, which is only slightly ahead of last year's pace. And again, after an overtime win in Texas (at Texas Tech), WVU lost a heart-breaker at home to top-notch Oklahoma State, then extended the losing streak to three with a lopsided road loss.
So really, what is to prevent this team from continuing down the same path as last year?
"I just know I'm going to play a hundred percent every time,'' Harris said. "That's what I can control, my effort. So I'm going to give my effort and I'm going to motivate my teammates.''
Harris actually had, at least statistically, one of his better games in a while in Saturday's loss at Kansas State. In six of the previous seven games, the sophomore shooting guard was a combined 7 for 40 (17.5 percent) on 3-pointers and his scoring average had dropped from 19.3 to 17.4 points per game. At K-State, he made half his eight 3-point attempts and scored 21 points.