Huggins WVU Postgame: ‘Why Wouldn’t We Be Ready To Play?’
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Faced with a quick turnaround after defeating Kansas on Saturday, at least one West Virginia player indicated the Mountaineers weren’t ready to play against Baylor on Monday night at the WVU Coliseum.
But West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins couldn’t understand how his team couldn’t be ready to face the Bears.
“Why would there be? I don’t understand,” said Huggins after WVU’s 85-73 loss to Baylor. “We practiced yesterday, we watched film twice yesterday. We came back last night to get some shots up. If he thinks that, then he probably believes that. We are 1-5 in the league. How could you not be ready to play? Now, we are 1- 6. I don’t understand how you can’t be ready to play, and truth be known, we had shots. We had shots. They came in and played zone, we screened the zone. We missed point-blank shots. We went to the free-throw line and we were 1-for-2. I don’t know. I don’t understand that, and I’m not talking about them saying they aren’t ready to play. I don’t understand how we can continually miss the shots that we miss. We were 10-for-26, 10-for-26 in layups, shots around the rim. Ten-for-26. We got pretty good shots.”
Huggins wasn’t buying the fact that the short turnaround from Saturday’s win over Kansas to Monday’s loss to Baylor factored in to the Mountaineers’ poor shooting.
“I’m not going to say what I attribute it to,” he said. “I’m going to tell you this: With the playoffs, they are going to play over 100 games in the NBA. Everybody who plays college basketball wants to play in the NBA. We’re worried about playing on Saturday (and) Monday? How about playing 100 games? I’ve never heard a pro say, ‘I didn’t have my legs.’ I’ve never heard one say that. So, if you want to be a pro, you probably ought to act like one, play like one.”