WVU Gameday Blog

Hate to interrupt reminiscing about sandwiches …

… but there’s a sizable game Saturday at the Coliseum against No. 11 Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are still finding their way after losing Michael Cobbins for the season Dec. 30. They lost at Kansas State and won at home last night against Texas, but they have some really good parts, led most notably by Marcus Smart.

We love to compare players from the present to the past, and not even Bob Huggins could spare himself a peak into the rear view mirror.

“I thought he was absolutely terrific,” Huggins said over the summer. “I don’t know that we’ve played against a guy that controls the game from the point guard position like he does since I was at Cincinnati and we played against Jason Kidd.”

Kidd had quite a night in an overtime win against the Bearcats and that’s remained with Huggins ever since. Smart is similar in size, style and purpose, of course, and Huggins will have his hands full defending that guy.

Do you guard him with Staten for speed to stay between Smart and the basket? Do you pick Eron Harris for height and length that can obscure vision and discourage passes? Do you play a lot of zone? The Mountaineers don’t guard it very well, so they better come up with something … smart.