WVU Vs Northern Kentucky Friday Night
No. 11 West Virginia and Northern Kentucky enter Friday’s matchup attempting to gain a better grip on handling success.
The Mountaineers (10-1) won their sixth straight game 84-57 over Radford despite an underwhelming second half that coach Bob Huggins labeled “really lethargic.”
Northern Kentucky (9-3), after defeating NAIA member Brescia 97-73 to extend a five-game winning streak, heard coach John Brannen muttering similar criticism.
Against West Virginia’s waves of athleticism and pressure defense, the Norse probably need to play a lot better. No opponent has threatened the Mountaineers at home, where they’re 8-0 with an average margin of victory exceeding 41 points.
Still, Huggins sees lapses from his players that won’t be so tolerable once Big 12 play begins next week.
West Virginia’s rotation goes 13 players deep, though Huggins figures to tighten it up come conference play. Forwards Esa Ahmad (13 points, 5.6 rebounds) and Nathan Adrian (10.6 points, 6.1 rebounds) are inside-out scoring threats, and Jevon Carter (9.7 points, 4.5 assists) ranks fifth nationally in steals.