Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers (7-1) will host the #15 ranked Connecticut Huskies (8-1) tomorrow night in the WVU Coliseum. However, according to West Virginia’s legendary head coach, Connecticut is a lot better than the 15th best team in the country.
“They’re a lot better than 15th ranked team in the country and they are definitely by far the best team we’ve played so far this year,” Bob Huggins said on his weekly radio show. “There should be a great crowd here at the Coliseum, too.”
Huggins, who is always brutally honest about his team, didn’t seem to think that his Mountaineers matched up well with the Huskies. Huggins said that UCONN has some of the best athletes in college basketball and that West Virginia will need the help from the Coliseum crowd to compete with them.
“We’ve been averaging about 11,500 fans per game. It’s really been wonderful having so many people in the Coliseum watching the games. It’s been so much fun going in there when there’s so many people in the building.”
Huggins continued: “Please keep coming. It’s just been great. You guys (the fans) are about the only chance we’ve got, unfortunately.”
However, Connecticut will likely be without two of their best players, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
6’6 senior guard Tyrese Martin, who averages 13.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, will miss the game with a wrist injury. And 6’9 sophomore forward Adama Sanogo, who averages 15.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and nearly 2 blocks per game, will be out with an abdominal injury.
Huggins is no doubt trying to motivate his players by saying that they don’t have much of a chance of beating Connecticut, but with a packed Coliseum and two of UCONN’s best players out with injuries, the Mountaineers have a tremendous opportunity to pull off an upset against one of the best teams in the nation.