That's not always easy, especially after losses, said senior forward Deniz Kilicli.
"It's hell," said Kilicli, who scored a game-high 21 against Marshall. "It's sad, really. It's sad when you lose. After the Gonzaga game, it was really hard for everybody to pull everything back together."
"You wonder, 'Why did that happen?'" he continued. "People second-guess themselves and that's the worst thing that can happen to a basketball team."
There will be no long hiatus for WVU now, and no rest. The Hokies' average margin of victory is 14 points. That includes this past Saturday's 81-71 win over the 15th-ranked OSU Cowboys. Virginia Tech is the third-best scoring team in Division I, averaging 86.1 points and they're 24th nationally shooting 48.3 percent from the floor.
Hokies senior guard Erick Green is the nation's second-leading scorer, averaging 24.9 points per game. Teammate Jarell Eddie averages 17.1 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds per game.
The Mountaineers have brushed themselves off after losing three of their first four games to get back-to-back wins over VMI and the Herd. Right now, they feature a balanced scoring attack with Kilicli (11.3 ppg), Staten (11.0 ppg), Aaric Murray (9.7 ppg) and Gary Browne (9.2 ppg).
Kilicli said the thing West Virginia needs most right now is optimum effort from everyone on the roster.
"We have talented players," he said. "On paper, none of those teams is better than us when you just look at the guys. If we play hard, mistakes don't matter. We will win and that'll give us a chance to get better at the end of the season which is what matters."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.