MORGANTOWN -- One of two things is going to happen for West Virginia's Kevin Jones tonight against stingy Notre Dame.
The senior forward will either score at least 20 points for a 10th consecutive game and match a school record or he'll come up short and leave Rod Hundley and Jerry West together with that distinction.
But Jones won't be gunning for the honor tonight when the Mountaineers face the Fighting Irish in a 9 p.m. game at the Coliseum.
"They're both Hall of Famers here and being mentioned in the same breath as those guys is a great honor for me," Jones said. "I'm just not going to force anything. I'm going to let the game come to me. I know I'm going to get my shots. I'm going to play 40 minutes so I'll get my shots here and there. It's a matter of me not forcing things."
Jones knows that doesn't work and it would likely be tougher against Notre Dame, which hasn't allowed an opposing Big East player score 20 points in a game this season.
Besides, it didn't work in the overtime win against Providence when he was 8-for-19 from the floor - his worst shooting percentage since Dec. 30 and fourth-lowest this season - and 1-for-6 from 3-point range.
"I think in the beginning of the game I kind of forced stuff," he said.
"I was used to the offense coming to me a little bit earlier and it didn't on Sunday and I wasn't used to that and I was trying to force the issue a little bit."
Jones came as close as he's been to not scoring 20 points in a game since Jan. 4. Jones had 18 points in regulation and extended his 20-point streak in overtime.
Wil Robinson was the WVU player last to do it nine times in a row in the 1971-72 season. Jones can join Hundley (1955) and West (1960) with 10 straight against the Fighting Irish.
After Sunday's win, Coach Bob Huggins said Jones "played really bad."
On Tuesday, Huggins said Jones tried to do too much. The Mountaineers were coming off a five-day break after a loss to Pitt gave them their first three-game losing streak since the 2005-06 season.
"He pressed and didn't make shots," Huggins said. "I think he did it because everyone said, 'This is your team. You've got to take over.'"