West Virginia Basketball: Five Things We Know About the 2011-2012 Mountaineers

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West Virginia Basketball: Five Things We Know About the 2011-2012 Mountaineers
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Kevin Jones looks to lead an inexperienced Mountaineer unit against a power-house Big East conference in 2011-2012

2011 was a historic year in Morgantown. There was a whirlwind of coaching changes and conference migration.  

Football, for the most part, has occupied the spotlight for the better part of the year.  Now, as football season enters its final phase, our focus shifts to the hardwood.

If you've caught any of the Mountaineer's first eight games this season you may have noticed this is a different looking group compared to years past.  

Gone are Joe Mazzulla, Casey Mitchell, Cam Thoroughman, and John Flowers. Bob Huggins' rough n' tumble mentality is still very much at the root of West Virginia's persona, and the Huggins school of basketball is lenient on no one. 

For the legion of new faces in Morgantown the lessons will be frequent and prickly reminders of high expectations.

This season may be young, but conference play commences in just two weeks. In the Big East, time is a luxury no team can afford.

Here's a snap-shot of what we know about the Mountaineers thus far in the 2011-2012 season.   

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