"t's like I told those guys, okay, we won. It's a win against a great, great team," Huggins said. "But we came to win. We didn't come to play tomorrow, we came to win tomorrow. And that's going to be my total focus, and hopefully it's going to be their total focus. We're just going to play to win. I mean, that's what we always do. I think this group is as competitive as just about any group that I've ever had, and that takes in a whole bunch of people. I just want them to do what they do, just go compete and play as hard as we can possibly play, and hopefully play well."
While everyone on the West Virginia team has lived that credo, Jaysean Paige has been a notable practitioner. He's answering almost all questions with an eye on that "rings and banners" goal, and isn't letting anything distract him from that quest. If the Mountaineers do come up short on Saturday night, it won't be due to lack of focus or concentration.
"I thought West Virginia had us on our heels with their press. I don't think we handled that well at all," Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger observed. "They dictated for the most part and then rebounded well. Then when you play West Virginia and you don't handle the pressure very well, don't rebound very well, you're going to dig yourself a hole, which we did."