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So far, West Virginia has not shot well from behind the arc and a lack of experience won't help.
It's no secret that some teams are simply built differently than others.
The John Beilein teams of the mid 2000's were three-point machines. Bob Huggins' Mountaineers are built differently.
Where Beilein liked to stretch his offense as much as possible (think a hardwood version of Rich Rod's spread), Huggins likes to take the game inside and win with a more physical dimension.
That doesn't mean shooting should take a back seat, but thus far in the 2011-2012 that seems to be exactly what has happened.
In its first eight games, West Virginia has gone 40 for 133 from behind the arc. That's ghastly.
Take into account that 3/4 of made three pointers have come from just three players and you start to realize what the Mountaineers look like from outside.
When you run a physical, in-your-face brand of basketball as Bob Huggins does it's necessary to be able to put up points from long range in order to compliment your front court play.
Right now, Truck Bryant is emerging as West Virginia's go-to guy on the perimeter. Last week against Miami, Bryant shot 5/7 from behind the arc to help the Mountaineers to a ten point win over the 'Canes.
Kevin Jones has also contributed, despite being a far more effective shooter from inside the perimeter.
Word coming out of the Mountaineer camp is that 6'6" freshman Aaron Brown is widely regarded as the best pure shooter on the team. Although he has not contributed so far this season, time will tell how much of a factor he can be.
With eight freshman and bigs like Deniz Kilicli and Kevin Noreen rounding out the Mountaineers' roster, it will take a concerted effort from Brown, Bryant, and Jones to see that WVU can score from long range.
It's a long year, and with so much inexperience to battle it is likely the Mountaineers will have to come from behind fairly often this season.
What little help they can get from their shooters will mean a great deal for the Mountaineers' overall success this season.
As Big East play looms, it's imperative that Bryant, Brown, and Jones prepare themselves to carry the bulk of the scoring duties for the Mountaineers moving forward.