West Virginia Head Coach Bob Huggins Discusses Big 12 Championship Prep

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins had his team focusing on itself, not its potential first round opponent, during the two practice days prior to the Mountaineers' opening round game on Thursday night.

Huggins wasn't worried aobut playing the same team for a third time, whether it be TCU or Texas Tech, who face on Wednesday evening to determine West Virginia's opponent on Thursday.

"We've been working on ourselves for the most part," a relaxed Huggins said outside his team's locker room in the Sprint Center. "The coaches will come over and watch the game this evening, and the players will be here for at least a half."

For the most part, WVU's coaches and players aren't concerned about who they will play. That's not out of any disrespect for the foe, but more about they way they have approached this season.  Players including Jonathan Holton and Nathan Adrian said that has not been their mindset all year, and that they aren't looking at who their opponent might be. They also aren't concerned about the team's past struggles in the Sprint Center, where the Mountaineers have lost in three consecutive opening round appearances.

Huggins also said that Holton has particiapted in all the practice necessary to play. Treatment on the ankle sprain went well, and Holton went through Wednesday's practice without any noticeable limping.

Huggins put the team through two regular practices at another location in Kansas City on Tuesday and Wednesday before making their 40-minute shootaround appearance at the Sprint Center on Wednesday afternoon. The Mountaineers will return to their hotel for most of the evening, but will come back to the arena to take in part of the TCU - Texas Tech game.


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