"Our confidence is up," said senior Kevin Jones, who leads the Big East in scoring and rebounding. "This is a very tough-minded team. We've faced a lot of adversity through the season and I'm proud of how we got through it."
WVU followed its first two losses with three- and five-game winning streaks.
It's now upon WVU to handle its triumphs as well as it did its stumbles. Once again, WVU has no say in the matter.
"We try not to give them much choice," Huggins said. "It's kind of like after the (second) Rutgers game. They came in the next day and we were only going to practice for an hour-and-a-half, but they were awful. So we ran.
"Here's what I tell them: They're here all summer. They lift. They run. Obviously, they play before the season starts. They lift. They run even more to get in shape for practice and we practice pretty hard. So why go through all that and not show up and play hard?"
The Mountaineers have 11 games left in the regular season and five are against teams in the bottom four spots of the conference standings. St. John's is first. Huggins isn't letting anyone take the occasion for granted.
"I told them (Tuesday), 'You're getting ready to go play in the largest city in the world in the most famous arena in the world. Why wouldn't you be excited about that?' " Huggins said. "As a player, I couldn't wait to play in Madison Square Garden. It ought to be a dream come true for all freshmen."
St. John's is 1-5 at the Garden and the team has been plagued by the problems that come with youth The Red Storm has 266 turnovers and 202 assists and a minus-2.8 rebounding margin. St. John's shoots 24.4 percent from 3-point range and lets opponents shoot 34.2.
Freshman Moe Harkless leads the team in scoring (15.6 points per game) and rebounding (8.3). Fellow freshman D'Angelo Harrison averages 15.2 points and has made 36 3-pointers, more than twice what anyone else on the team. He scored 28 points and was 4-for-7 from 3-point range in Saturday's 79-76 overtime loss at home Saturday to Villanova.
God'sgift Achiuwa was a junior college All-American last season at Erie Community College. He's averaging 11.1 points and 6.4 rebounds and shooting 53.2 percent from the floor.
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