Recruited by former WVU Coach John Beilein, Moldoveanu initially enrolled and played two seasons at George Mason. He was first-team All-Patriot last season and this season is averaging 21.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
Their Eagles are the next team in a line of tricky, though potentially beneficial opponents for WVU.
"I think it's a little different mentally when you see an 'Ohio State' on their jersey," WVU point guard Joe Mazzulla said. "You don't see that when you play American. It's a little different. I'm not going to lie to you. We're all human."
All these mid-major teams can build their season around a win against the Mountaineers, who must match the determination and then extinguish it.
"Oakland had a great game plan," Mazzulla said. "I'm sure their approach was to come in and win and I thought we did a great job attacking them, especially in the first 10 minutes of the first half.
"A team like American, I'm sure they're going to try to execute their game plan and play the way they play, no matter what and trust what they do. We have to take them out of that."
The Mountaineers figure to have some help with point guard Truck Bryant and forward Danny Jennings back tonight. Neither dressed for the VMI game Saturday after Huggins grew tired of bad practice habits. Huggins made no promises either would play, but said both had practiced much better.
WVU struggled offensively against the Keydets due in part to unusual lineups and players still getting used to extended playing time, but also because the offense hasn't flowed as designed.
"We've got to trust the offense instead of making two or three passes and taking a shot," Mazzulla said. "We need to go through five, six, maybe seven passes and trust the offense will put us in position to score.
"I don't think we've done that and I think we're rushing the offense because we're afraid we won't get a better shot."
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