Morgantown, W.VA. – One of the most all-time winningest coaches currently coaching in college basketball, NOT in the Hall of Fame, is quickly closing in on 900 career wins. Men’s basketball head coach Bob Huggins checked off his 893rd career win Tuesday night in Ames, Iowa in a stressful second half win against Iowa State. Now, the head coach is seven games away from his 900th career win with a team who’s embarking on one of the more grueling stretches of college basketball this season.
The Mountaineers left Ames likely in a cold sweat after narrowly beating the Cyclones 76-72. Tuesday’s road trip to Ames was one many assumed would be a quick and easy victory as the Cyclones hadn’t won a game against a ranked opponent since December of 2019. Instead, West Virginia became a set of cardiac kids and narrowly handed their coach his 893rd win.
Huggins and crew are in the midst of a gauntlet of games to finish out the regular season. Take a look at the schedule for the coming weeks:
Saturday, February 6: home versus Kansas
Tuesday, February 9: at Texas Tech
Saturday, February 13: at Oklahoma
Monday, February 15: home versus Baylor
Thursday, February 18: at Baylor
Saturday, February 20: at Texas
The next six games Huggins has to prepare his team for are all against top-ranked opponents. In a perfect, not-normal world, Huggins walks into Fort Worth to play TCU on February 23 looking for win number 900. In a realistic world, the Mountaineers are going to be scraping for each win in the next three weeks.
Coach Huggins will need his team to find some motivation, and some second-half defense, in order for the next few weeks to not be a total collapse of a very talented team. Post-game Tuesday night, the future Hall of Famer pointed out that his team has let down their guards in the second half lately and thinks their defense has been exposed in recent games.
The 2021 Class for the Hall of Fame will be announced during the Final Four Weekend in Indianapolis in April and it amazes almost everyone in the college basketball world that Huggins is not yet in the Hall of Fame. Should a miracle happen in these next six games, the argument for his Hall of Fame status would be even stronger. The head coach has already shown his abilities to coach and win games, now it’s just time for his team to rally around him and get him to 900 wins . . . or more.