Huggins Explains Brutal Loss to Texas Tech

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Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers (15-12, 4-10) suffered a brutal, devastating 78-72 loss against the Texas Tech Red Raiders (15-12, 4-10) today, effectively ending their chances of participating in the 2023 NCAA Tournament. Here’s what Bob Huggins had to say following the loss:

“We got very careless. We lost our intensity, I think. When we got up, we lost our intensity especially on defense. We stand on the free throw line and don’t box anyone out.

We’ve told them all week long that they’re still in this thing but we have to win some games. What better place than at home in front of this crowd? And we didn’t get it done.

What killed us is that we get the ball and throw it out of bounds. We don’t block out. We just stand there. As much time as we’ve spent on it, it obviously has sunk in.

We tried everybody that we had. We didn’t make free throws. We didn’t get free throws. We missed shots. We’ve done it all year. Think about how many games we’ve lost this year because we don’t score the ball inside. We got shots and we didn’t make them.

Oklahoma State, who we play next, is playing really well and they are extremely athletic.

We have too many player-coaches, I think. Why don’t we box out? Go ask them.”

The Mountaineers are back in action on Monday evening against the Oklahoma State Cowboys (16-10) at 7:00PM. West Virginia then closes the season out at Kansas (#5), at Iowa State (#19) and at home against #12 Kansas State.