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Huggs On Shooting, TT and Flopping

For the second teleconference in a row, the Bob Huggins’ portion of the day was short and sweet. The West Virginia head coach only had a couple questions to answer, but spent most of his time reflecting back on the last three losses.

WVU's shooting woes has Huggins scratching his head.

“We played very well in a loss to Oklahoma State and we had a chance to win the game,” he said. “Against Texas, we played extremely well, but we just didn’t shoot the ball very well. With our team, we have to shoot it (well) from the perimeter. In the Kansas State game, they just took it to us.”

While transition defense and rebounding have been major issues, Huggins says most of his team’s struggles have revolved around the offense.

“We have struggled to shoot the ball in the last couple of weeks,” he said. “And when we don’t make perimeter shots, it’s hard on us.”

Asked what his goals are for the team both in the short term and the season as a whole, Huggins kept it simple.

“Obviously, we’d like to win a few, in the short term and the long term.


On Wednesday, West Virginia returns to the WVU Coliseum where they will welcome Texas Tech. The Mountaineers defeated the Red Raiders earlier this month, but Huggins feels Texas Tech Head Coach Tubby Smith has them improving.

“I think they rebound the ball a lot better,” said Huggs. “I think they’re changing defenses effectively. Tubby’s got them moving the ball and playing very well together.”


One of the hot topics in college basketball the last couple of weeks has been flopping, where players exaggerate their actions to try and draw a foul. For Huggins, he doesn’t feel things will change anytime soon.

“I think as long as there is competition, guys are going to do what they feel they can get away with.”

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