Lackluster Effort, First Half Performance Among Huggins' Chief Complaints in 90-55 Win

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Although West Virginia earned its eighth win of the season with a 35 point margin, head coach Bob Huggins was displeased with his team's intensity.

Shortly after West Virginia Mountaineers won its eighth game of the season head coach Bob Huggins met with members of the media to dissect his team's performance. It didn't take long to realize that Huggins was unhappy with the lack of intensity his team displayed in the first half of Saturday's contest. Huggins called the effort "lackluster" and said he didn't understand why the team wouldn't be ready to play at a high level, considering the fact the group spends year round for opportunities to play in basketball games.

Although Huggins was displeased with the overall effort he did take time to compliment Brandon Watkins and Daxter Miles on their performances, which were instrumental in the Mountaineer victory. Huggins said Miles, who scored 20 points, is finally starting to get into a rhythm and show signs that he's 100 percent. The head coach also noted that Watkins could be playing so well this year because of a hiatus that he took from the basketball over the summer. Huggins spoke at length about the impact that leaving basketball an have on players and said that very well could have lit a fire under Watkins. The senior big man finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds, his second career double-double.

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In addition to discussing the win, which was Huggins' 799th, the veteran head coach took some time to reflect on his overall career, discussing how he got into coaching and what he potentially would have done had he not coached. Huggins will go for his 800th career victory against UMKC next Saturday at 2:00 p.m.


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