Podium Talk: West Virginia’s Bob Huggins
SAN DIEGO –As the rancor involving the West Virginia-Marshall basketball history has been dredged up as the two prepare to clash in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday night, one thing seemingly is being overlooked: there is a very important game about to take place in San Diego.
A spot in the Sweet 16 is at stake, and nothing about past or future Capital Classics will matter Sunday at the Viejas Arena. In the end, it will come down to what basketball always comes down to – the team that makes the most shots wins.
WVU head coach Bob Huggins never loses sight of that fact.
“(The Herd) does a terrific job with spacing. I think Danny (D’Antoni, Marshall’s head coach) probably does as good of a job of spacing as anybody we have in coaching,” said Huggins, who is looking to take the Mountaineers to their fifth Sweet 16 in his 11 seasons as their head coach.
“You gotta make shots,” he added. “That’s what it comes down to at this time of year. You don’t get as many open shots as you get during the regular season. So you’ve got to make them count when you do get open shots. Hopefully we can make some shots, and we won’t start out 1-of-14 or whatever it was (as in WVU’s NCAA first round win over Murray State).”
In the end, the past history of the West Virginia-Marshall series doesn’t matter to the Mountaineer coach, at least not at this point. He has bigger things at stake.
“One of us is going to win. One of us is going to lose,” Huggins said. “One of us is going to keep playing. The other one isn’t. We are on one end of the state. They are on the other end of the state. We don’t really cross. From our standpoint, it’s not what, you want to make it out to be Duke/North Carolina. It’s not that. It’s not that at all.”
Below is the press conference from Saturday featuring Huggins and several Mountaineer players.