Jones ought to be the conference player of the year, and he'll learn today if he is, but he's not enough by himself to carry WVU deep in any tournament.
He'll need help.
He'll need Truck Bryant to play consistently. He'll need a third scorer, be it Deniz Kilicli or Jabarie Hinds or even a freshman surprise, to contribute. He'll need the rest of a thing team to play big games.
In essence, he'll need everything from everyone. He'll need them to continue to play together, which is something they've done the past two games. Small sample, to be sure, but it has to start somewhere.
Huggins was pretty sure his team had something last Friday before it left campus for USF.
"I felt like we had as good a practice as we'd had in months," Huggins said. "And I told them. I said, 'Fellas, I think we're going to go down there and win.'"
Then they did, overcoming an awful time shooting the ball by making free throws and taking charges and blocking shots and talking care of the ball and outrebounding a bigger opponent. Eight Mountaineers played. Seven scored and did something to positively affect the outcome.
Afterward, they allowed themselves to relish the reality. Huggins talked to his team after the game, the one USF's people had billed as the biggest since the school last made the NCAA Tournament in 1992, and knew the mood was different when he left the locker room.
"Those guys were actually in there laughing about the biggest game in 20 years and $10 tickets," Huggins said.
This is a foreign feeling for WVU. Forget that the Mountaineers haven't won a lot of games lately and haven't had many occasions to laugh. They just haven't had that personality or displayed that attitude throughout the season, almost like they weren't sure who they were, never mind if they should actually do that.
And now, at the end of a season and a stressful stretch run, they're winning and grinning.
"With everything else going, of course we felt a little more urgency than we had in the past," Jones said. "It was a lot of pressure, but we came out and responded these last two games and we played well."
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