WVU Preps For Knights

Staff Writer
Posted Jan 3, 2012

West Virginia senior forward Kevin Jones, who sprained his ankle in a loss to Seton Hall last week, practiced on Tuesday, according to head coach Bob Huggins.

He should start as usual in the Mountaineers’ game against Rutgers on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Huggins also said that forward Deniz Kilicli, who has dealt with a hip pointer and was kicked in the stomach vs. Seton Hall, should play, as well.

“KJ sprained his ankle, so he was not normal KJ,” Huggins said of Jones during the Seton Hall game. “He tried to play through it, but anybody that was there saw he wasn’t moving and couldn’t jump. He was really limited of what he could do.”

The Mountaineers will have to rebound following a 67-48 loss to the Pirates last Friday. Huggins said the team had no energy and was one of the worst defensive performances since he became the head coach at WVU.

“We didn’t defend and we were inept offensively, so we tried to sure up those areas as much as we could,” Huggins said. “That’s a bad offensively as we’ve been.

“I think by and large we have had great energy. I didn’t think we had any energy. Have you ever seen our defense give up that many layups? We didn’t get to the ball and didn’t do a very good job.”

Huggins pointed to the fact that senior guard Truck Bryant was 3-of-16 from the field and that freshman guard Aaron Brown struggled from the outside and key offensive struggles.

Rutgers comes into Wednesday’s game with an 8-6 record. The Scarlet Knights have already defeated then-No 10 Florida but have lost to South Florida. Rutgers is led by freshman guard Eli Carter who averages 13.5 points per game. The only other starter to score in double figures is sophomore forward Gilvydas Biruta.

“They play extremely hard. They’re kind of like Kansas State,” Huggins said. “They have great ball pressure and do a great job of getting to help. Lately, their guards have played really well. They’re making shots.”

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