This came late in yesterday’s live blog:
Elijah Macon insisted he’ll front Nana Foulland and make him use his left hand.
“Out of all the film I’ve watched I’ve seen him shoot it one time with his left hand,” Macon said.
And what of that shot?
“He made it,” Macon said. “But it didn’t look comfortable.”
The right hand/left hand stuff will not shatter the Earth. Nana Foulland shoots 63 percent from the floor. He’s a post player. He’s going to hang around the rim. He’s going to go over his left shoulder. But what’s also apparent about Foulland is that he’s allowed to hang around the rim and go over his left shoulder.
Defenders have played behind him, which lets him use that left shoulder as the fulcrum for his offense. West Virginia has a different plan today. Macon said he’ll play in front of Foulland and deny passes.
“I’m going to sit on his knees the whole game,” Macon said, insisting he’ll play in front of Foulland and stay between him and the ball so he can’t catch easy entry passes into the post.
When the Mountaineers scrimmaged in the preseason against Purdue, Macon tried that against 7-2, 290-pound center Isaac Haas, who ended up averaging 12.8 points and shooting 58.9 percent for the Boilermakers this season.
“I want to say he only had six or eight points, so I know we can do it,” the 6-9, 240-pound Macon said. “It’s going to be a challenge, but if we front him, we can take him out of the offense. I feel like if we front him, I don’t think he’ll work for position. But who knows?”