With the conclusion of last night’s embarassing loss at the hands of the #6 Kansas Jayhawks, the West Virginia Mountaineers record dropped to 13-16 (6-10 in Big XII). The loss ensures the Mountaineers of a losing season for the first time since the season.
It has certainly been a rough inaugural Big XII season for West Virginia. Conference play has been a roller coaster ride of spirit lifting victories and soul crushing losses. Last night’s 91-65 loss was one of those soul crushing losses, putting all hopes of preventing a losing season out of reach.
The Mountaineers, picked in the preseason to finish 6th in the Big XII, are currently sitting 7th in the standings and look to finish there. Coach Huggins thought that this team was going to exceed the preseason expectations:
“It must be one helluva league if we’re picked to finish sixth.” -Bob Huggins
Now, coach Huggins is just hoping to live up to those expectations.
The Mountaineers aspired to be greater than their preseason expectations behind the play of a trio of talented transfer players. Murray and Staten have lived up to expectations, but Matt Humphrey has all but disappeared as of late, failing to live up to his full potential this season.
On the bright side, this season has provided a wealth of experience for the young Mountaineers roster. Freshmen guards Eron Harris and Terry Henderson were tested often this season and proved themselves worthy of starting. Both guards appear poised to become stars for the Mountaineers for years to come.
While the inaugural Big XII season is one that Mountaineers fans are hoping to forget, the season looks bright in Morgantown.