"We did that at Baylor,'' Huggins said of the tendency to let things get away and then not fight back. "We threw the ball to them a couple of times and didn't get it in bounds. There isn't any question we were standing there with our heads down. And then they make a 3, and we don't get back and they make another 3.
"I'm sure that's frustration, but I don't think we've gone into a game that way.''
The Mountaineers certainly can't afford to go into any with a bad attitude or without motivation from here on out. They still have a chance to salvage at least something close to a break-even season and perhaps work an invitation to the NIT or the CBI, but they can avoid no slip-ups.
The most likely path to that would be winning the final two home games, tonight against Baylor and a week from Saturday against Iowa State. Although the Mountaineers have yet to beat any of the teams ahead of them in the Big 12 standings, those two might be plausible. Baylor has lost three in a row and six of eight and is only a game ahead of WVU in the league standings. Iowa State, meanwhile, is 19-9 but just 4-8 away from Hilton Coliseum in Ames.
WVU's other two games are Saturday at Kansas and next Wednesday at Oklahoma.
A split of the final four games would leave the Mountaineers 15-16 heading into the Big 12 tournament, and if they play and win a first-round game there - the bottom four teams face off on the first day - they could finish within a game of .500, which might be enough to get an invitation to the CBI.
A loss tonight to Baylor, though, would make that an even longer shot than it already is, which is why the Mountaineers have to play motivated and, when adversity strikes, be able to handle it.
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