COLUMBUS, OH (WIVB) — The biggest difference between West Virginia and anyone else UB has faced this season is the full court press.
“That is a great formula for winning a lot of basketball games and they don’t stop, they keep coming at you,” UB bulls head coach Bobby Hurley explain.
In order to prepare, UB added a few extra bodies in on defense in practice to simulate the kind of pressure they expect to see against West Virginia.
“As a matter of fact, I was one of the defenders this morning. So we’ve been doing this a lot to try and assimilate what it’s going to be like,” Hurley said. “And we’ve talked to our players about being real physical on defense, even fouling so we get used to the aggressive style of defense we’re going to face.”
“Going back to when we played Kentucky, their press was pretty big, too. They’ve got 6-6 guards there, long and athletic. So we kind of relate back to that. We also watched film and we found ways we feel we can break it,” UB guard Shannon Evans explained.
It will also be important for UB to keep WVU off the offensive glass.
“We understand they’ll be crashing in. And they’re going to get some offensive rebounds, they’re real good at it and it comes with the territory,” said senior forward Xavier Ford. “It’s just limiting those offensive rebounds.”
The game between UB and West Virginia is on Friday at 2:10pm in Columbus.