Straightforward Outlook

Unlike most coaches, Bob Huggins doesn't shy away from talking about his team's chances or looking past its next game.

As his team prepared to face Connecticut, Huggins noted that he has spoken with his team on more than one occasions about its postseason situation.

"We've talked about [the NCAA] tournament," said Huggins, who has a keen understanding of the RPIs and how each game West Virginia plays will affect it standing. Huggins has continually noted that winning will cure all of West Virginia's bubble issues, and nothing would help more than a road win against a ranked Connecticut team.

"They have a very good combination of perimeter and inside guys," Huggins noted. "They have very good balance. A.J. Price is really good. He's taken over their team, and controls the action. He's made some big shots. But their balance and play inside helps open up more room on the perimeter."

Much of that inside action comes courtesy of Hasheem Thabeet, who has shown marked improvement as his experience on the floor increases.

"Thabeet is a huge factor," Huggins admitted. "He blocks shots and fortifies them inside. He makes it tough to get easy baskets."

Despite that, Huggins still believes West Virginia has "as good a chance as anyone" of knocking off the Huskies in Hartford. Just as with the NCAA talk, he doesn't mind discussing the Mountaineers chances, or what they will have to do in order to come away with another valuable road win.

"We have scored more points recently, but it we don't make shots form the perimeter we struggle. We get the same shots, but we just have to make them."

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