On Monday morning, WVU coach Bob Huggins spoke with the media about Tuesday night’s game against No. 7 Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders and Mountaineers played in Morgantown on Jan. 25, where West Virginia stole the game, 88-87.
“They (Texas Tech) play hard,” Huggins said. “They have so many people who are kind of the same. They’re all six-foot-four, six-foot-five. They’re all strong and can all play inside and outside.”
In the first matchup in January, it was the Deuce McBride versus Mac McClung battle in the WVU Coliseum. McBride finished with 24 on 7-of-12 shooting, while McClung had 30 points on 11-of-21 shooting from the field.
You’d think maybe the Mountaineers would adjust to how to defend McClung this time around? Nope.
“No, I don’t think so,” Huggins said. “Well, I think we’re better now than the first game. I think we’re better defensively than we were in the first game.”
The combined total of points in the first matchup was 175 points. That is not usual for a West Virginia-Texas Tech game. Now going to Lubbock, Texas, are both teams going to push 90 points each again?
“It would surprise me because generally speaking, it’s been a rock fight,” Huggins said. “We guarded way better than what we were guarding at that point in time as well.”
Coach Huggins also thinks Texas Tech’s defense has been coming along the last few weeks.
“I think they’ve gotten pretty consistent,” Huggins said. “They switch everything, they’ve got all of those guys that are all about the same size.”
“They’re all physically very strong,” Huggins added.
Huggins and his No. 14-ranked crew will tip-off with No. 7 Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, at 9 p.m on Tuesday night. ESPN will take coverage of the top-15 matchup.