The race to the 2015-2016 season Big 12 and NCAA tournaments begins tonight for Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers basketball team as Hugs begins his ninth season back at West Virginia University.
Huggins met with the media Thursday afternoon to discuss the current state of the team and about tonight’s exhibition.
Last week, WVU met up with Temple at a neutral site to participate in a scrimmage, and Huggins thinks it was great for both teams. “Temple has been very good for us. I think it worked out great…”
Huggins is ready to play some basketball. “We need to play. I mean it’s time. Tired of fouling the same guys, getting fouled by the same guys.”
Huggins saw some things he wants to improve on from the closed scrimmage against Temple last week. “There’s two areas we really have to get a lot better at, we gotta get a lot better at ball security. We are too charitable, we just throw it everywhere, and we are not rebounding the ball the way we have been rebounding the ball in the past.”
The Mountaineers are turning their focus to tonight’s in state exhibition against the Glenville State Pioneers.
WVU has played other in state schools, including: Fairmont, Charleston, Shepherd, etc… and Huggins believes it is good for the state. “It gives people something to look forward to. It is good to get to play against somebody different…Fans of basketball get to see people you ordinarily probably wouldn’t get to see.”
Tip-off is tonight at the Coliseum at 7 p.m. Tickets are only $10 and parking is free. The exhibition will not be televised.
The first regular season game is November 13, against Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m. on ROOT SPORTS.