West Virginia coach Bob Huggins achieved a coaching milestone Saturday against Iowa State.
The veteran coach notched his 250th victory at his alma mater in an impressive 85-70 triumph over Iowa State. It was the 840th conquest for what should one day be a Hall of Fame career for Huggins.
Despite the victory, Huggins didn’t mince words about his team’s effort, particularly late in the game.
Here’s a sampling of his comments to the Mountaineers Radio Network after the victory:
On the game:
“We have a hard time putting anybody away. We get giddy or something. That’s got to stop. It’s 29 games. It’s frustrating for the guys sitting on the bench watching it. We won and let’s get ready for Texas Tech.”
On Esa Ahmad:
“We need him to play well. We need (center Sagaba Konate) Sags to play well and our two seniors to play well. We need Beetle (guard James Bailey) to come off the bench and do what he’s doing until today. The way we play has to be a team effort.”
On Iowa State’s effort Saturday despite playing with a short rotation:
“(Freshman guard Lindell) Wigginton is really good and (ISU coach) Steve (Prohm) does a great job. They run great sets and they did a terrific job.”
On Sagaba Konate:
“He wasn’t very good to start with but was much better in second half than in the first. He’s got to be active and be an actor so he can make plays. He was much better in the second half.”
On Dax Miles Jr.:
“He’s playing with a much greater sense of urgency I would say. He’s had a stretch … this is the best stretch he’s had this year.
On West Virginia’s rebounding edge:
“We have to rebound it. We miss enough shots there are plenty to go around. We’ve got to rebound it.”
On better rebounding from his power forwards:
“Our guards are good rebounders when they put their mind to it. Esa ought to be the best rebounding 3 in the league. He has good hands, strength and length. But you take him out of the rotation and we’re not a very big team.”
On West Virginia’s strong foul shooting:
“We had three misses and two were by JC (Jevon Carter). He’s at 86 percent. It was a pretty good day.”
On the quick turnaround to Monday’s game against Texas Tech:
“We’re going to practice tomorrow at 3 in here. I’m not sure how much … but we’ve got to go over their stuff. We can’t go real long but we have to cover how we’ll guard them. We’ve got to figure out how we’ll score. They are really good. They are probably the best halfcourt defensive team in the league.”
On Monday being Senior Day for his team:
“It will be an emotional day for a lot of people.”
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