Huggins Still Wants More From His Mountaineers
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Certainly West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins is pleased his Mountaineers are 7-0 on the season, but even after Sunday’s 86-81 win over Rhode Island at the WVU Coliseum, he still believes this club has a long way to go before it reaches its potential.
“Offensively, sometime it’s like roller derby, where we just get in each other’s way,” West Virginia’s coach explained. “We have a lot of young guys still trying to figure everything out, but it’s hard to run stuff when not everyone knows where to go.”
Huggins also didn’t feel his players had a lot of pep in their step, having just arrived back in Morgantown Thursday night after their two-game sweep in Mexico on Tuesday and Wednesday to capture the Cancun Challenge.
“Obviously, (there was) not enough (motivation). We were just flat. We came back (from the Cancun Challenge) on Thursday night and everybody was tired, so we didn’t go really hard on Friday. Actually, we kind of just went through some things and watched a lot of film. Yesterday, we just didn’t have any pop. We were really blah yesterday. Then, today at shoot around, we were the same way. We have a bunch of young guys that have never been through the travel part of it, and the travel part is hard. It takes a lot out of you.”
Huggins was obviously pleased with the play of Derek Culver, who came off the bench to score 25 points and grab 11 rebounds.
“He played well. You know he’s able to handle a lot of physical play. He’s a big, strong guy. We ended up going to him a lot more than what we wanted to initially. He got a little tired at the end and forced some things at the end that normally he doesn’t force. It’s physical with him. They beat on him pretty good.Then, he didn’t do a really good job of throwing out of doubles and things. We have to spend some time with that.”