On Wednesday afternoon, WVU head coach Bob Huggins spoke with the media about what he sees in Morehead State and how the isolation period is going.
Following the Mountaineers landing the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament, Huggins admitted he wasn’t familiar with first-round matchup Morehead State. He said that he would watch four-to-five games on them and he would give us an analysis later. Well, here’s his analysis after watching the film.
“They [Morehead State] have a lot of guys that can make shots. They really do a good job of spreading the ball,” Huggins said. “The post guy [Johni Broome] is very, very good, which it’s hard to get help there whenever you surround them with because they’re very capable of making shots. They’re all capable of having big nights.”
Morehead State’s last NCAA Tournament appearance was in 2010, where the No. 13 seeded Eagles upset Rick Pitino and the No. 4 seed Louisville Cardinals. This Morehead State team had NBA player Kenneth Faried on their team—similar to the big they have now in Johni Broome. Huggins isn’t going to think about getting upset and he’s just going to coach a game.
“This is entirely different with the bubble,” Huggins said. “I think we’ll probably have a little bit more control than what you had with the Stephen F. Austin  thing. I don’t know what we would have changed. Generally, whenever something like that happens, you have an idea what you would like to have done better.”
“I think every group is different. I make you try to accentuate the positive and stay away from the negative. I think that’s not basketball, that’s life,” Huggins added.
Huggins also commented on the player’s downtime during the isolation period of the NCAA Tournament.
“I think the hardest was yesterday when you had to stay in your own room and you couldn’t fraternize with any of your teammates,” Huggins said. “I think going to practice last night really helped to get guys together and now that they’re allowed to be around each other a little bit more, I think it’s been fine.”
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