Huggs: Making Shots Key Down the Stretch

Huggs: Making Shots Key Down the Stretch

West Virginia has been a much different basketball team this season when it has been able to shoot the ball well.

All season, the Mountaineers have been thought of as a team that lived or died by whether or not they were able to knock down shots - a fact that has been especially true over the course of Big 12 Conference play.

When West Virginia wins Big 12 games, it is shooting nearly 46 percent from the field, but that percentage drops to 38 percent in games it loses. With just two regular season games remaining and an NCAA tournament bid still not completely out of the picture, WVU will need to have its shooting touch when it travels to Norman to face Oklahoma Wednesday night and then returns to Morgantown to face Kansas in the regular season finale.

"It comes down to us. We've got to make shots," said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins during the Big 12 Coaches Teleconference. "We don't score well real close, so we've got to make shots. When we make shots, we've been very competitive. When we haven't, we've struggled."

One of the keys to getting things going inside in the low post is freshman Devin Williams. The power forward has struggled during conference play, averaging just 6.9 points per game, but recently recorded his first double-figure game and double-double since Jan. 11 vs. Oklahoma State when he scored 10 points and had 10 rebounds against TCU.

Over the course of his first season, Huggins has seen Williams progress, but admitted there are still some things he can learn before he takes that step up in his game.

"Scoring inside is about two things – creating space and creating angles. That's what we need to continue to work with Devin on and that's what Devin needs to concentrate on," Huggins said. "Getting it off faster doesn't do you nearly as much good as being as being able to create an angle or create space."

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