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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thoughts on West Virginia’s season-opening win

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NCAA Basketball: Mount St. Mary’s at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

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The West Virginia men’s basketball team won its season opener over Mount St. Mary’s, 76-58. You can’t make predictions for the season based on one game, but here are some thoughts about WVU’s first win of the year.

Emmitt Matthews is back. Matthews showed that he can be a scorer and defensive leader for the Mountaineers, which is encouraging considering WVU has eight other newcomers. Emmitt was also active on the boards.

Mohamed Wague brought great energy off the bench. The sophomore forward was very close to a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds, and that was because of the effort he put forth getting rebounds and putbacks.

Jimmy Bell needs to be strong with the ball. There’s no question that Bell is built to be a beast in the low post, but he needs to let the game come to him and protect the ball when he gets it. He was the only Mountaineer that didn’t score tonight, but he has the potential to be a double-double type of player if he can be stronger with the ball.

WVU started slow, but that’s probably expected in the first game of the season with nine new players. And the Mountaineers turned the ball over more than head coach Bob Huggins wanted to see. But a 15-0 run late in the first half helped the Mountaineers get a cushion and a variety of lineups were able to be tested against this mid-major opponent. The team also showed some fiery moments, both good and bad, but that probably reflects the toughness that Huggins wanted to see this year.

What were your thoughts on WVU’s season-opening win?


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