Morgantown, West Virginia – West Virginia may have lost to the #1 ranked team in the nation, the Gonzaga Bulldogs, but no team is more feared in college basketball than the Mountaineers right now.
Losing to Gonzaga was the best thing that could have ever happened to the Mountaineers. Had they beaten the clear best team in college basketball, they would have inevitably suffered from swelled heads and would have thought they knew everything already. This, of course, would have led to players feeling like they had nothing more to prove.
A close loss in this game was exactly what West Virginia needed. The Mountaineers now have something to look forward to, to work towards and they now know that if they work hard and listen to their legendary head coach, they can beat anyone. They now have a hunger to get back to face the best team in the nation again, and when they do, they know that they can beat them.
Not only does West Virginia have the size, skill and depth that makes them a tough opponent, they also play a physical style of basketball that no team wants to match up with.
Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Few told Bob Huggins the following after their matchup in Indianapolis: “That’s the toughest team we’ll play all year.”
And they are. West Virginia’s incredible depth and talent – combined with their hunger to get revenge on the team standing in their way of a national championship – makes them deadly.
Any coach or player around the country watching West Virginia’s game against Gonzaga saw who the better team was. The West Virginia Mountaineers are the most physical, strongest, toughest, best-rebounding in the nation, and no one wants to play them.
Bob Huggins has truly put together the most feared team in all of college basketball.