Morgantown, West Virginia – Imagine how Oscar Tshiebwe feels right now. His former team, the West Virginia Mountaineers, ranked #6 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and 5th in the Coaches Poll, have won 8 out of their last 9 Big 12 Conference games and are riding high going into their biggest game of the year tonight against the #3 ranked Baylor Bears.
Tshiebwe, on the other hand, is down in Lexington, Kentucky practicing with a Kentucky Wildcats team that is 8-14 this season with no hopes of an NCAA Tournament berth.
While Tshiebwe has outwardly expressed excitement about his new situation, there has to be a mountain of regret on his back.
Tshiebwe, the most talented high school player to ever commit to West Virginia University, was a starter on a team that had real national championship aspirations this season. Leaving this situation for that situation can only lead to tremendous remorse.
Unless, of course, Oscar Tshiebwe only cares about Oscar Tshiebwe, which is entirely possible. While Tshiebwe was in Morgantown, he expressed many times that he was there to win a national championship for his teammates and for the people of West Virginia, but how could someone make the decision he made in the best interest of the team?
If the Mountaineers make a big run in the NCAA Tournament this season and ultimately win the national championship, they will do it in spite of Tshiebwe’s selfish actions.
A national championship for Bob Huggins would be amazing regardless, but it’ll be particularly delicious for him considering that he continues to do things the right way and does not have to get mired in the seedy, ugly side of college basketball like his “close, personal friend” John Calipari.