Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers (17-13, 6-11) host the #11 ranked Kansas State Wildcats (23-7, 11-6) in its regular season finale.
Although West Virginia got some breathing room with an impressive upset win at Iowa State on Monday, but the Mountaineers remain firmly on the bubble of making the NCAA Tournaments, according to most college basketball experts. West Virginia is currently #24 in the NET rankings and holds a 12-1 record against Quad 2, 3 and 4 teams this season.
Today, West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins met with the media and discussed the Mountaineers’ upcoming Senior Day and his team’s chances of making the NCAA Tournament.
“Senior Day is always really emotional for me,” Huggins said about his team’s finale. “These guys have been great and have worked really hard for us.”
Huggins has been resolute in believing that the Mountaineers belong in the NCAA Tournament.
“We have far and away and it’s not even close, the best strength of schedule in the country. And if that doesn’t mean something to the committee, shame on them. And I think not just that, I think you look at our scores, we deserve to be in the tournament. They give you all that b.s. about play a strong schedule and then you play a strong schedule. Well, if they continue to tell you to do that then by God they ought to hold up their end of the bargain. I told our guys, I don’t think really we have anything to worry about. And I will blast their ass as far and as long as I can if they don’t let these guys in the tournament. After years and years of ‘play a competitive schedule’, the ‘best teams are the teams that play the best strength of schedule.'”
Today, Huggins said that he wants to win one more games just to be sure that his team doesn’t have to worry about whether they will be in or left out of the tournament.
“I think we need to win tomorrow to take away all of the doubt.”
Following tomorrow’s game, the Mountaineers will travel to Kansas City next week to compete in the The 2023 Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball Championship.