Starting on Saturday, the West Virginia men’s basketball team will face six-ranked opponents in a row, starting with No. 23 Kansas. After Kansas, the Mountaineers try to tackle No. 13 Texas Tech, No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 2 Baylor (twice) and No. 6 Texas.
This isn’t the first time that WVU coach Bob Huggins has had to try to deal with during his coaching career.
You have to go back to Cincinnati in 1994. The Huggins-coached Bearcats team faced No. 17 UAB, No. 22 Marquette (twice), No. 18 St. Louis (twice) and No. 19 California. Huggins doesn’t remember too much about that stretch but does remember bits and pieces.
“If I looked at who it was, I would remember some bits and pieces and whether we won or lost,” Huggins said. “I know Cal was in that and they had Jason Kidd and that whole crew. They were really good.”
The Bearcats lost the first two games of the stretch to UAB (83-67) and Marquette (61-60). Cincinnati did recover with back-to-back wins over Marquette (89-82) and St. Louis (78-72).
Huggins and crew dropped the final two games of the stretch to Cal (89-80) and St. Louis (70-67). The Bearcats went 2-4 during their own gauntlet stretch in the old Great Midwest Conference.
Now, Huggins gets another opportunity to run the gauntlet with West Virginia. Although, the future hall of fame coach isn’t thinking about that right now.
“We haven’t thought about anything other than Kansas,” Huggins said.
Instead of Dontonio Wingfield, LaZelle Durden and Damon Flint, Huggins will go into battle this time around with Derek Culver, Deuce McBride and Taz Sherman.