3 takeaways from West Virginia’s first two games in PK85

West Virginia has so far finished two games in the Phil Knight Legacy Tournament with a 1-1 draw. The Mountaineers lost 12 to No. 24 Purdue Thursday night and defeated Portland State 89-71 on Friday. Let’s take a look at three food stalls so far from the event.

Mountaineers can redeem Purdue loss with Win Over Florida

Before West Virginia went to Portland, a 2-1 record in the tournament would have been a successful trip. It will still be. After beating WVU by a dozen, the Boilermakers dominated No. 6 Gonzaga on Friday night to advance to the championship game. West Virginia can redeem itself with a quality win over Florida on Sunday.

The Gators lost to Xavier in the first round before beating Oregon State to advance to the fifth place game.

During the offseason, Florida hired former San Francisco coach Todd Golden to replace Mike White. Golden recruited the transfer portal, bringing in Will Richard (Belmont), Kyle Lofton (St. Bonaventure) and Adam Fudge (LSU). Combine that with returning two-time all-SEC receiver Colin Castleton and you’ve got a solid core. The Gators were upset by Florida Atlantic last week.

Seth Wilson is another gun off the bench

During WVU’s two PK85 games, second-year guard Seth Wilson lobbied for the Mountaineers. Wilson has 19 points overall with a 5-3 win over Purdue and Portland State.

“He was huge. That’s what he does, he takes shots. He has great power,” said WVU head coach Bob Huggins. “They don’t even realize that he’s a bit shorter because of his physicality.”

Post-game reaction to WVU’s win over Portland State

West Virginia’s strength this season is their depth, and adding Wilson will only give them another scoring opportunity off the bench.

West Virginia needs to fix the revenue problem

West Virginia’s biggest problem this season has been sales. Huggins has expressed sympathy for his team’s lack of ball maintenance since the summer. WVU committed 77 turnovers in six games. The problem Huggins and his staff have with that number is the amount of casual turnover their team is making. If West Virginia can limit turnovers throughout the season, they will be hard to beat.

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