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WVU hosts Toledo with hopes it could possibly solidify some chemistry in a rush

MORGANTOWN — It is without doubt one of the few issues on this world you may run out of with out having it to start with.


It’s now not on the aspect of the WVU males’s basketball staff and its head coach Josh Eilert, but it’s the one factor the Mountaineers want probably the most.


“We’re making an attempt to determine our new id offensively,” Eilert mentioned. “It’ll include a while. Not that it’s an excuse, however that’s the place we’re at proper now. Determine that id and that chemistry that’s going to make us good ultimately.”

The revolving door has by no means stopped for WVU (4-7), which hosts Toledo (6-5) at 1 p.m. Saturday contained in the Coliseum.

When it’s all mentioned and executed, WVU might wind up with 4 or 5 all-Massive 12-type gamers in its lineup.

The kicker is none of them — Quinn Slazinski, Noah Farrakhan, Kerr Kriisa, RaeQuan Battle or Jesse Edwards — all performed collectively in a lot as one recreation.

That will not change till late January or early February, as Edwards recovers from surgical procedure on his proper wrist.

And whereas Edwards established himself because the staff’s go-to man over the primary two months of the season, he did so with out Battle and Kriisa within the lineup.

Each guards will play immediately. Battle can be coming off his 29-point debut in opposition to Radford, held the identical day Edwards was being operated on.

Kriisa scored 20 factors in his season debut, however then struggled to attain a recreation later when Battle made his debut.

“It’s going to click on quickly,” Battle mentioned. “All it takes is a bit of little bit of time and chemistry and belief with one another. It’s going to jell fairly quickly.”

How quickly is the query?

“Usually, it doesn’t take a very long time,” Battle continued. “You simply have to purchase into what the coaches are telling you. Should you’re paying consideration in follow and get your reps in like you must, it must be second nature.”

The flip aspect to the coin is Eilert simply isn’t working in three new guys — 4 should you rely ahead Akok Akok, who missed seven video games this season with a medical situation.

He’s additionally received gamers like Josiah Harris, Kobe Johnson and Seth Wilson, who have been enjoying greater than half-hour a recreation to begin the season, however now discover themselves with completely different roles.

“Getting another guys some minutes that should step as much as assist us is actually a problem, particularly with the brief time-frame,” Eilert mentioned. “I’ve mentioned it time and again I’m a planning man. I attempt to be organized and plan issues, however each time I’ve a plan, a wrench will get thrown in it.”

WVU was ranked No. 200 within the NCAA NET rankings Friday, the bottom of any Massive 12 college.

Getting that rotated could be sufficient of a chore for any coach, not to mention one like Eilert, who has but to have a full deck of playing cards at his disposal.

“It’s been change after change, and like I mentioned, there’s been quite a lot of wrenches thrown into the method,” Eilert mentioned. “I’m rising as a coach and as an individual. I’m going to proceed to struggle like hell every single day for our guys to verify they’re competing and enjoying the best manner.

“I feel we are able to get a few of this chemistry constructed. We want some consistency out on the ground. We’re not there but.”


WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: WVU Coliseum
TV: ESPN+ (On-line subscription wanted)