MORGANTOWN -- As if playing three straight Big East road games earlier than anyone else in the conference wasn't a tough enough task for West Virginia, Coach Bob Huggins knows the conditions that await him Saturday make things no easier.
"It's a little scary to go to Georgetown after they've lost," he said.
The 13th-ranked Hoyas (12-3, 1-2) play host to the Mountaineers (9-4, 1-2) at 11 a.m. at the Verizon Center, after losing Monday to St. John's, 61-58, at Madison Square Garden.
Georgetown - currently ranked No. 1 in the RPI - has lost two of three after starting 11-1 in non-conference play.
WVU, meanwhile, avoided the school's first 0-3 Big East start since 2002 with Tuesday's 67-65 victory at DePaul. WVU started the road trip with a 79-74 loss at Marquette. Saturday will mark WVU's fifth road game of the season and a chance to win for the 50th time away from home (neutral-site and road games) under Huggins.
"In all honesty, we've been a pretty good road team," said Huggins, who is 89-34 at WVU. "This year, for whatever reason, we haven't been."
The Mountaineers are 2-2 on the road with large leads and close final scores involved in each. They led at Miami by 13 points with 12 minutes to play, but lost 79-76. They trailed by 12 in the first half against Duquesne in Pittsburgh's new Consol Center and won 64-61 after the Dukes missed two free throws that would have tied the score with nine seconds to go.
WVU trailed 9-0 early against Marquette and was down 11 in the first half. A rally produced a lead in the second half before a botched series of possessions on offense and defense in the final 90 seconds led to a 79-74 loss. DePaul trailed by 14 points in the second half Tuesday, but tied the score late and had a chance to win the game on its final possession.
After every occasion, the Mountaineers have made mention of poor play and doing things they don't normally do, which is characteristic of the road experience.
"It's got a lot to do with familiarity, it's got a lot to do with confidence," Huggins said. "I think people play with a lot more confidence at home. I think a lot of times on the road, when a couple things don't go your way, you lose your confidence and don't play as freely as you would at home."
The Hoyas, who played three Big East games in six days and lost road games against Notre Dame and the Red Storm, are 6-0 at home with an average attendance of 10,786. The average attendance in road games for WVU has been 9,593 - inflated greatly by Marquette's 15,575.
"I think what it does is it adds a little confidence and enthusiasm to the home team," Huggins said. "But it depends a lot on the personality of your players. (Former Cincinnati guard Nick) Van Exel liked to say all the time, 'It's more fun to play on the road.'