WACO, Texas - There are a couple of things Bob Huggins knows would give his West Virginia basketball team a better chance to win games these days. One would make his team's offense better, the other his defense.
Making either happen, though, is problematic.
The Mountaineers (11-9, 3-4 Big 12) face No. 24 but reeling Baylor (13-6, 1-5) at 7 p.m. (ET) today at the Ferrell Center in a game that will be televised by ESPN2. It's a game West Virginia would seem to have a chance to win given that the Bears have lost four in a row and five of six since climbing as high as No. 7 in the Top 25 earlier this month.
But to do so, those offensive and defensive issues have to be addressed. Huggins on Monday lamented the fact that his team hasn't been able to rebound the basketball, which is why teams are shooting such a high percentage against the Mountaineers. West Virginia hasn't been able to avoid giving up second shots, which naturally increases an opposing offense's efficiency.
On the other end, though, it's more a matter of luck. West Virginia has two guards - Eron Harris and Terry Henderson - capable of just going off and putting up big scoring numbers any night. And while each has, they haven't been able to do it on the same night.
"For some reason it seems when Eron is making shots, Terry isn't,'' Huggins said. "And we need both of those guys to make shots for us.''
West Virginia's two most recent games are a case in point. Last Wednesday at home against Texas Tech, Henderson had arguably the best game of his career. The sophomore made five of his six 3-point attempts, 10 of 13 shots overall and had a career-high 28 points. Harris was OK, making three 3-pointers, but was still below his normal scoring average of 17.6 points.
But then three days later at Oklahoma State, Henderson missed all five of his 3-point tries and nine of his 10 shots overall. Harris had what he said was perhaps the best game he'd ever played, at least from a shooting perspective. Even though he played just 21 minutes because of foul trouble, he was 6 for 7 on 3s and scored 21 points.
"The one field goal [Henderson] got was a layup off a steal,'' Huggins said. "We need him to make shots.''