Early Evaluation

His team may have come home from Puerto Rico with two quality wins and a close loss to a solid Minnesota squad, but Bob Huggins was hardly satisfied with the way his Mountaineers played at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

"We've got a lot of work to do," the fourth-year West Virginia head coach said frankly. "We've got to get better defensively. We're not rebounding the ball near the way we need to rebound the ball, and we haven't run offense."

But it wasn't all bad, as Huggins and company ran their record to 3-1 through the first four outings of the year.

WVU beat a Davidson team that went on to upset Nebraska and Western Kentucky in the Puerto Rico event and then survived a challenge from Vanderbilt, which beat a talented North Carolina squad in the consolation game of the tournament.

"The positive is we had a chance to beat two pretty good teams -- and we didn't play very well," Huggins admitted.

Huggins shared his thoughts on the team's early-season issues in this interview, conducted Wednesday at the WVU Coliseum, just before the Mountaineers practiced in preparation for Saturday evening's game against VMI at the Charleston Civic Center.

Bob Huggins Interview

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