MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia's formula for winning — going hard to the rim to score, chasing after bad shots and constantly pressuring opponents — has the Mountaineers off to their best start in 34 years.
But coach Bob Huggins wasn't in a mood to put a historical spin on No. 11 West Virginia's 74-63 victory over top-ranked Kansas on Tuesday night.
He explained it means giving his players a day off from practice on Wednesday before starting preparations for another difficult test, at No. 2 Oklahoma on Saturday.
Jaysean Paige scored 26 points, Devin Williams had 17 points and 12 rebounds for West Virginia (15-1, 4-0 Big12). Williams had his seventh double-double of the season but the first over a span of seven games.
"Just a team effort, man," Williams said. "Whatever and whoever, as long as we get team effort, there's no one in the country who can stop us."
An emphasis on driving the ball to the basket paid off for the Mountaineers, who outscored Kansas 33-13 from the free throw line.
"I thought it gave us the best chance to win," Huggins said. "I think the way the game's being called, it's hard to guard the ball."
West Virginia forced Kansas into a season-high 22 turnovers and held the Jayhawks (14-2, 3-1) to their lowest point total of the season.
With snowy conditions and traffic gridlock outside, Kansas arrived at the WVU Coliseum from their nearby hotel only an hour before the game with the help of a police escort.
It didn't get any easier for the Jayhawks on the court.
"The game in a nutshell is that they were so much more aggressive and quicker," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "They were way more athletic than we were and played above the rim. We didn't do any of that."