Shortly after West Virginia finished Tuesday night's contest against Radford, head coach Bob Huggins met with members of the media to discuss the Mountaineers' effort (or lack thereof) in the 27 point victory. Huggins, who collected career victory number 801, looked for a word other than lethargic to describe his team's play, but he couldn't come up with one.
Synonyms weren't the only things Huggins was having trouble finding; the 35th year head coach again couldn't find a reason as to why his team prepares year round only to put forth lackadaisical efforts and show a lack of focus when the team only gets to play 31 contests. Huggins specifically seemed disappointed with the lack of consistency from his guards, saying he had hoped to have at least four that he could depend on but he has now cut that number in half. Huggins reiterated many of the same things he has said after earlier disappointing second half efforts in the season, specifically pointing to missed foul shots, missed lay-ups and sloppy turnovers as signs of a complete lack of focus.
Huggins also talked about needing to get the freshmen as much time as possible as the group of six will have to add depth in the Mountaineers' grueling 19 game conference slate, but said he has not seen an immense amount of improvement from the group. The Mountaineers only have one more non-conference game (which they will again be heavily favored to win) before kicking off the conference schedule on the road on Dec. 30 against Oklahoma State. It's safe to say that Huggins is hoping to see a little different effort when the Mountaineers play Northern Kentucky on Friday afternoon.