Saying that the West Virginia men’s basketball team is off to a slow start would be a major understatement. The Mountaineers have limped out to a highly disappointing 4-5 record in non-conference play. What’s worse is that the team has not shown any sign that they are improving during the recent two games losing streak; a problem that has drawn the ire of head coach Bob Huggins.
“I’m sick of it. I’m sick of watching guys stand around. I’m sick of watching guys not compete,” Huggins said, not raising his voice. “I’m sick of watching guys missing shot after shot and then never coming early, never staying late. They don’t think about coming in on an off day. I’ve never had guys like this before. I want some guys that care.”- Huggins after the loss to Michigan
It is clear that Huggins has reached his breaking point with this team and he is making that fact known to the world. Huggins is well known for being blunt when it comes to what he thinks of his team, but he has not been this down on one of his teams for quite some time.
Cannot blame Huggins for his frustration. The Mountaineers have struggled all season to find their chemistry and it has certainly reflected in the box scores as of late. The lack of team chemistry and cohesion has certainly led to some head-scratching losses for, what appears to be, a talented group of players.
While chemistry is something that you cannot really coach, effort and commitment are. If the Mountaineers are truly suffering from a lack of focus and desire, that is something that Huggins and the coaching staff will need to drill into these guys.
Losing to teams like Gonzaga and Michigan due to a lack of talent is one thing, but losing to teams like Duquesne and Davidson due to a lack of competitive nature is quite another. There is no excuse for the team to not put in more effort to improve their play.
Guessing by just how furious Huggins is with his players, I would suspect that quite of few of the players will be putting in extra time in the gym to have a big bounce back win against Oakland. The game against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies will be Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum.