Bob Huggins has been fed a little misinformation, I think, because yesterday he was promoting some sort of consolation in his team’s 1-3 record because the schedule was ranked, somewhere, as the nation’s fourth-strongest. It’s not. Not close, really. It could end up around there, but that’s relevant in March, not November.
Huggins doesn’t look these things up, nor should he, because he has neither the time nor the inclination to do so, which is probably where you’d want your coach’s priorities to be right now. So someone game him the number 4 and it was a police tape talking point — move along, nothing to see here; this isn’t as bad as it seems, the schedule is really tough — and people breathed a little easier.
Truth is, the schedule is about to get a little more compact and a lot more difficult. WVU has VMI tonight, and the Keydets get a lot of possessions and a lot of shots and a lot off points, before a week off precedes the Capital Classic.
Then it’s very tricky Virginia Tech (6-0, best start since 1985) at home, Duquesne in the Consol Energy Center and then a frankly frightening Michigan team at the Barclays center. Those four games come in a span of 10 days.
I have to think the schedule right now it a little problematic or prohibitive — Gonzaga, 10 days off, three games in four days, two days off, VMI, six days off, Marshall — because the Mountaineers can’t play and learn from games and the value of games in November is off the charts when you’re pieced together like this team is right now.
Huggins said that, despite what people thing, his team is not a veteran team and is still learning how to play they way Huggins wants to play, which is to say still learning how to play together. Confidence can’t be forced or forged and the reality is WVU has so many wavering parts now that it can’t get right right away. A lot of the wrongs can be righted by simply being good on offense.
“You take the opportunities that are there and you don’t force things,” he said. “Our game is to create numbers. We want to create three-on-two and two-on-one. That’s what good offense is. It’s trying to create numbers in your favor. If we have numbers, we want to attack. If you don’t have numbers, run your offense.
“That’s what we haven’t done. We’ve done such a poor job running offense. We pass it and make a couple half-hearted cuts and then we run out and ball-screen.”
How about a live post from tonight’s game? As we proceed …