Huggins Still Sees Plenty to Work On Entering Conference Play

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Bob Huggins shared his initial thoughts as the Mountaineers closed out the early portion of their non-conference schedule, rolling Northern Kentucky 92-61.

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins didn't seem nearly as upset about his team's performance as he was after the contest against Radford earlier in the week, but the head man wasn't exactly pleased either. Huggins said the thing that stuck out about the win was that his team needs to learn and do a better job in creating numbers in transition. Huggins also noted that he thought the Mountaineers may have taken Northern Kentucky lightly in the first half and the veteran head coach commended the Norse for playing well, saying they are going to win some games in conference play.

When asked about the 52 fouls in the contest, Huggins alluded that he was less than pleased with the officiating but said that he would "probably get in trouble" if he shared his true feelings on the issue. The fouls ratcheted up in the second half and extended the game to nearly two and a half hours, preventing either team to get in much of a flow or rhythm. 

One item worth noting is that Brandon Watkins made his first start of the year, Huggins explained that Watkins' grandfather (who is former Mountaineer great Warren Baker's father) was in attendance and the head coach thought it would be special for Watkins to run out on the carpet. Huggins also sated that Watkins has played well. As far as updating the injury of Elijah Macon, Huggins said someone landed awkwardly on the junior's knee. Huggins also noted that he's not a doctor so he couldn't know too much right away, but the head coach didn't seem to concerned about the injury.

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