Earlier in the week West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins preached about the importance of not getting too high after wins and not getting too low after losses. The Mountaineers apparently headed the advice of the 35 year coach as they put together a solid game and defeated TCU 82-70 on Saturday afternoon. Huggins exemplified this attitude as well, as the veteran head coach seemed pleased, but not ecstatic with the play of his team. In particular, Huggins seemed pleased with the play of freshman big man Sagaba Konate, who scored 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in the win.
Huggins went on to say that Knoate will only get better and better and commended the young bruiser for his ability to listen and understand what the coaches ask of him in practice. One play particularly stuck out to Huggins, when Konate made a huge block in the second half that gave the Mountaineers momentum and brought the crowd to its feet. Huggins compared the block to the type of plays Kenyon Martin used to make at Cincinnati, but stopped well short of comparing the two as players and said that Martin used to make six of those typed of plays a game.
Konate wasn't the only player who drew praise from Huggins, as the head coach discussed the work that Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles have recently put into the gym and credited that work for the guards' combined six three-pointers. Huggins was also satisfied with the play of Esa Ahmad and Nathan Adrian but admitted he would like to have got Adrian some more rest, as the senior got over 30 minutes of playing time once again.
After breaking down the performances of his players Huggins touched on the absence of assistant coach Ron Everhart, who is recovering from back surgery and could miss an extended period of time going forward. Huggins stated the last thing his staff wants to do is to rush Everhart back to work as he rests and recovers from the surgery.