Huggins' Mountaineers, ranked eighth in the recently released Coaches Poll, sit at 24-7 overall, 13-5 in the nation's best conference and are primed for a postseason run with the second seed in the league's tournament. That's four spots higher than West Virginia was predicted in the postseason, and yet Huggins lost the league's Coach of the Year honors to Texas Tech's Tubby Smith, whose Red Raiders finished three spots higher than their last-place pick in the preseason. No matter. With a battle for the Big 12 postseason title on the line, as well as continued jockeying for seeding over the ensuing week, Huggins has focused on far more imperative matters.
The head coach, above, speaks to WVU's preparation for the Big 12 postseason, and whether his team can take any insights from past disappointing appearances, which includes five consecutive seasons of first-round conference tournament defeats.Huggins also details his teams practice work, which includes conditioning and shooting today, along with a heavier practice on Tuesday before the team departs. The Mountaineers will then practice again in Kansas City on Wednesday before tipping against either Texas Tech or TCU on Thursday at 7 p.m. eastern. Huggins said WVU would likely prepare for both on Tuesday, and then watch at least part of the game in person at the Sprint Center on Wednesday, when the Horned Frogs and Raiders play at 9 p.m. eastern.
Huggins also updated the status of injured forward Jonathan Holton, saying the senior was puttting some weight on the ankle and that he would continue to be evaluated. While that might mean Holton forgoes the conditioning session today, he could be ready to at least participate in the key pregame practice the day before West Virginia opens its postseason.
"We don't really need him until Wednesday," Huggins said.