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Fort Worth, Texas – The West Virginia Mountaineers suffered another frustrating Big 12 Conference road loss last night, losing to the #15 ranked TCU Horned Frogs, 76-72. This was another very winnable game for the Mountaineers that would have been huge on their resume for the NCAA Tournament, but West Virginia (13-9, 2-7) fell short. Here’s what legendary head coach Bob Huggins had to say after the game:
“We didn’t come out with much enthusiasm,” said Huggins. “I was extremely upset with us in the first ten minutes of the game, just our lack of energy, our lack of competitiveness. I tried to come in and talk with them about it at halftime and I thought it was better, but we put ourselves in a real hole. And then every little thing becomes way more important than what it probably is.
“We put ourselves in a bad, bad position, and we just couldn’t fight our way out of it. We had people standing there, staring at the ball and they back cut us and shot layups. We’ve worked on that time and time again. We talked about that, we showed it on film, but we just didn’t adjust to it. We just didn’t do it.
Then we got guys making excuses and the guys who are supposed to be our leaders did not lead. We may have to find ourselves some new leaders. You can’t have your leaders pouting. They made mistakes. It’s their fault. It’s nobody else’s fault. They just did not give us the enthusiasm and the competitiveness and toughness that they generally do.”
The Mountaineers are back in action at home on Saturday, Feb. 4th against the Oklahoma Sooners. The game starts at 8:00PM.