MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Taking a break in the middle of what amounts to the fairly regimented daily grind of a college basketball season can work in a couple of different ways.
On the plus side, it allows a team to rest a bit, perhaps heal a little and regroup.
On the minus side, it can disrupt an otherwise workmanlike pattern of practicing and playing.
How a full week without a game will affect West Virginia remains to be seen. And don't bother asking those involved.
"I don't know until we play and see if it helps us,'' sophomore guard Eron Harris said Thursday, just as he and his teammates were getting back into the grind. "All I know is we need to win this game.''
That game is Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum, when West Virginia (15-11, 7-6 Big 12) faces suddenly resurgent Baylor (17-9, 5-8). The 1:30 p.m. game will be televised by the Big 12 Network (locally on WCQW).
It will be the first time the Mountaineers have played since an 88-71 loss to Texas Saturday night in Austin. That's the longest break since WVU was off for a week at Christmas.
The Mountaineers certainly didn't take the week off, though. They did have a couple of off days and one other light workout day, but that's still a break from the normal grind of a couple of hard practices between games spaced every three or four days.
At least from the rest and health aspect, that can't have done West Virginia any harm.