Morgantown, West Virginia – During today’s Big 12 Conference teleconference call, Bob Huggins was clearly upset with Texas A&M deciding to opt out of the upcoming Crossover Classic next week. While most of the teams in the tournament have known who they will play for many weeks, West Virginia’s opponent has changed multiple times and this has hurt his team preparedness going into its first game.
“It’s been tough. We’ve been told we were going to play three or four different teams. It’s been really tough from a preparation standpoint.”
Huggins continued: “We’ve thought we were playing Texas A&M for a long time now and then they backed out. So now we’ve got Northern Iowa. They are a very good team and it’s a hard game.”
However, Huggins knows that this is an outstanding test for his team: “You look at the path that every other team has from game one to the championship game and obviously it’s far less than equal. We just have to do what we do and hopefully this is great preparation for us in March.”
“I understand a lot of people don’t want to play us. They don’t want to play against our size and they don’t want to play against our perceived great half-court defense. But we have been at a great disadvantage because we don’t know day from day who we are going to play.