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West Virginia aims to end string of second-round NCAA setbacks in a virtual road game vs. LSU

  • West Virginia basketball coach Mike Carey responds to a question at a news conference prior to practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, March 24, 2014. West Virginia faces LSU in the second-round game on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    West Virginia basketball coach Mike Carey responds to a question at a news conference prior to practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, March 24, 2014. West Virginia faces LSU in the second-round game on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)  (The Associated Press)

  • West Virginia guard Christal Caldwell laughs at a question during a news conference prior to practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, March 24, 2014. West Virginia faces LSU in a second-round game on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    West Virginia guard Christal Caldwell laughs at a question during a news conference prior to practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, March 24, 2014. West Virginia faces LSU in a second-round game on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)  (The Associated Press)

  • LSU forward Theresa Plaisance answers a question at a news conference prior to practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, March 24, 2014. LSU faces West Virginia in a second-round game on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    LSU forward Theresa Plaisance answers a question at a news conference prior to practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, March 24, 2014. LSU faces West Virginia in a second-round game on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)  (The Associated Press)

West Virginia coach Mike Carey would like to think the Mountaineers are due for a second-round win in the NCAA tournament.

The fact that the Mountaineers have arguably their best team in school history should help when WVU (30-4) takes on LSU (20-12) on Tuesday night.

The Mountaineers have lost all seven second-round games in program history, including five in the previous seven seasons.

This season, WVU has set a school record for victories, won the Big 12 regular-season title, and Carey says it's time for his program to take the next step.

LSU lost eight of 10 entering the tournament, but has the benefit of playing at home. The Lady Tigers also appeared to hit their stride in a 98-78 first-round victory over Georgia Tech.