Baylor struggled with the trap when WVU broke it out late in last week's game and committed key turnovers. The Mountaineers took Kansas State out of its set plays and dribble handoffs late in Saturday's win.
"I think they were 7-for-8 to start the second half and we were trying to play some matchup (zone)," Huggins said. "When they cut the lead to one, I said, 'Why don't we find out if we can guard, if we can get stops, if we can do what we're supposed to do?' I think we did a great job and took things away and kept them on one side of the floor finally."
That's especially important tonight because the Sooners rely on set plays more than anyone else in the Big 12, thanks to coach Lon Kruger's NBA coaching experience. At their best, the Mountaineers shut down set plays, force the ball to one half of the court and do everything they can to keep the ball from being reversed or from getting to the target the play designed.
Then it's just a matter of playing against a ball screen, a dribbler and a late pass option.
"I've told you for seven years," Huggins said, "we're going to take them out of what they want to do."
It's not that simple against Oklahoma (17-5, 6-3). Sophomore Buddy Hield (17.0) and senior Cameron Clark (16.1) carry the scoring, but freshman Jordan Woodward (11.3) and sophomores Ryan Spangler (11.1) and Isaiah Cousins (10.4) are capable. Only Staten has taken and made more free throws than Woodward, who also has 101 assists. Spangler, a transfer from Gonzaga, leads the Big 12 in rebounding (10.2). Cousins averaged 2.7 points last season and never scored in double figures, but has scored at least 10 in 11 of the last 19 games.
"Lon does a great job and he's obviously won everywhere he's been," Huggins said of his counterpart, who coached at UNLV, Illinois, Florida and Kansas State in addition to his four years as coach of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks. "Those freshmen from a year ago have a year under their belts and they play extremely well. I think Spangler might be the best rebounder in the league and may be the best player in the league as well as he played lately.
"They present a lot of problems, but we've got to do what we're good at doing, and that's trying to get people out of their sets. Hopefully we're able to do that."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymailwv.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.charlestondailymail.com/wvu.