MORGANTOWN - It wasn't long after West Virginia lost to Villanova Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia that the Mountaineers turned their attention to No. 4 Pitt.
That was in equal parts due to a desire to put a 66-50 loss behind them as quickly as possible, and the reality that they had no choice.
"We can't let one loss get in our heads,'' said junior forward Kevin Jones. "We have to get this out of our heads and get back to work on Pitt.''
In other words, there's no time to dwell, which is perhaps a good thing.
Tonight is the first of two straight quick weekend turnarounds for the Mountaineers. After losing at Villanova on Saturday, they now must bounce back in not much more than 48 hours for tonight's 7 p.m. home game against Pitt.
West Virginia does the same thing next weekend, hosting DePaul on Saturday and then traveling for a game at Syracuse on Monday.
The Pitt and Syracuse games are both part of ESPN's Big Monday showcase. A sellout crowd is expected tonight at the Coliseum.
West Virginia takes a 15-7 overall mark and a 6-4 Big East record into tonight's game with the Panthers, who at 21-2 and 9-1 have a clear lead over the rest of the field in the race for the Big East's regular-season championship. Pitt is the only team with fewer than three league losses.
In Saturday's loss at Villanova, West Virginia shot just 35.8 percent and had two long scoring droughts that proved fatal. The Mountaineers scored only two field goals in the final 15 minutes of the first half, and then missed nine straight shots in the middle of the second half when Villanova took control.
"We can't do that against Pitt,'' said John Flowers, one of the few Mountaineers who shot the ball fairly well against the Wildcats. "If we do, the same thing happens as happened [at Villanova].''
That's because Pitt is arguably even better than Villanova on defense and just as capable of scoring points.