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‘It’s wild’: WVU newcomers again up how powerful life is taking part in within the Huge 12

MORGANTOWN — The concept that the Huge 12 males’s basketball convention is probably the most tough to outlive isn’t precisely new.

It’s seemingly Quinn Slazinski heard that argument when he was at Louisville. Jesse Edwards most likely heard it whereas taking part in at Syracuse or RaeQuan Battle at Washington.

All three had performed at Energy 5 colleges previous to transferring to West Virginia this season, however had by no means skilled what Huge 12 life is like.

“It’s wild,” Slazinski begins.

Earlier than Slazinski can end that thought, Battle chirps in, “It’s very aggressive.”

The Mountaineers (9-17, 4-9 Huge 12) have simply 5 convention video games remaining earlier than the beginning of the league event.


Except for No. 6 Iowa State (20-6, 9-4), which hosts WVU at 2 p.m. Saturday inside Hilton Coliseum, and Texas Tech, the Mountaineers have confronted everybody within the Huge 12 at the least as soon as.

WVU has carried out so with a roster of 4 starters and two key reserves who had by no means performed within the Huge 12 earlier than.

They had been fast to again up the difficulties of taking part in within the league.

“Each time I flip a Huge 12 recreation on, it’s No. 10 vs. No. 12 (within the nationwide rankings), No. 4 vs. No. 6,” Slazinski stated.

That is the place Edwards comes into the dialog. The WVU heart had simply performed 4 years within the ACC with the likes of Duke and North Carolina.

Nonetheless, the Huge 12 impresses him enormously.

“Yeah, that’s the primary factor, I feel,” Edwards begins. “It’s the quantity of excellent groups on this league, it’s loopy. It’s so much.”

There are primarily no nights off, particularly for a workforce just like the Mountaineers, who’re in a three-way tie for final place (together with Oklahoma State and UCF) within the convention and searching up at everybody else.

The gamers are requested what units the Huge 12 aside in males’s hoops. Is it the bodily type of play?

“The Pac-12 will not be this bodily, I can inform you that,” stated Battle, who performed within the Pac-12 for 2 seasons at Washington.

“For certain, it’s extra bodily than the Pac-12,” Slazinski provides.

Edwards, who led the ACC in blocked pictures and was second in rebounds final season, stored coming again to the totality of the 14 Huge 12 groups.

In his phrases, certain, there are a handful of groups inside the ACC who would match up and thrive within the Huge 12, however actually not all 15 groups in that convention.

“The higher groups within the ACC are additionally very bodily,” Edwards stated. “It’s the quantity of excellent groups within the Huge 12. Week after week, you’re taking part in a number of the greatest groups within the nation. It’s lots of enjoyable, nevertheless it’s laborious. It’s a tough league.”

One other facet got here from Slazinski, who additionally performed two seasons within the ACC at Louisville, earlier than transferring to Iona, the place he performed for Rick Pitino.

Whereas Huge 12 groups carry a sure degree of physicality, these groups additionally supply lots of selection.

BYU is third within the nation in made 3-pointers. TCU leads the nation in fast-break factors.

Iowa State and Houston each drive a ton of turnovers, whereas UCF tries to bully opponents and win a bodily battle.

“There are such a lot of issues you must be prepared for each night time,” Slazinski stated. “You’re going to go play a BYU workforce that shoots the crap out of the three after which you might go play at TCU that simply kilos it down low after which picks up full courtroom.

“I feel within the ACC, lots of the groups are form of comparable. Within the Pac-12, lots of the groups play the identical approach. The Huge 12 is like each single sort of basketball into one. You’re taking part in a totally completely different identification just about each single recreation.”

Having been by a bulk of the Huge 12 season now, the gamers are requested if they might have modified their minds about transferring to WVU in the event that they knew then what they know now.

“We’re so completely happy to be right here,” Slazinski stated. “The scenario we’re in with our document and the place we’re, you possibly can clearly say what you need, however I feel everybody right here and within the locker room are completely happy we selected to come back right here.”

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