Morgantown, W.VA. West Virginia men’s basketball head coach Bob Huggins secured his 898th win of his coaching career during this past Saturday’s home victory over Kansas State. The future Hall of Fame coach and his team are currently in the final week of the regular season, with a schedule that looks incredibly different than it did last Monday.
The Mountaineers play host to No.3 Baylor Tuesday in an early bird special tip off before hosting unranked TCU Thursday and No.17 Oklahoma State on Saturday for Senior Day. The Mountaineers have three chances to hand their beloved coach his 900th win, at home in the Coliseum sometime Thursday or Saturday.
Coach Huggins accrued his 80th win just over four years ago, with another home win for the Mountaineers. The 800th win was on December 17, 2016 over UMKC. At the time, Huggins was one of just three coaches to reach 800 career wins at their alma maters; behind Jim Boeheim at Syracuse and Adolph Rupp at Kentucky. Huggins was the tenth coach to hit 800 wins.
It goes without saying that college basketball teams have had to exercise their patience with games getting canceled, postponed and rescheduled. The Mountaineers are not alone in experiencing this, with the last of their season getting rearranged just last week. Huggins and crew are about to play their last three regular season games at home in Morgantown after Saturday’s home win.
When Huggins hits his 900th career win this month (we know it’s coming, just a matter of when), he will be just a few wins behind North Carolina’s Roy Williams who earned his 900th career win this past Saturday with a win over Florida State.
The 900th win celebration will likely be a little quieter for the head coach than the 800th win. With three games remaining on the regular season schedule, and a limited number of fans allowed in the Coliseum due to Covid-19 restrictions, the celebration may be slightly subdued but the feat is still one that not many can add to their resumes.