Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers flew earlier today into Austin, Texas, a place in the middle of a crisis, to play a basketball game against the Texas Longhorns.
Texas is slowly coming out of a deep freeze that left millions of Texas without water and power for the past several days. Tens of thousands of residents in the area are still without power and water, and yet, the NCAA decided that it’s appropriate to play a college basketball game there.
“I mean, ultimately, what we’re talking about here is this is a Katrina-scale crisis happening across our entire state and especially right here in Austin,” Harper-Madison said.
Bob Huggins said the following about the team’s road trip: “It’s not in anyone’s best interest to play three games in six days. Come on. Particularly when you’re playing different styles, when you’re playing on their home court(s), there’s a lot we’re up against, and we’re the only ones doing it.”
Huggins continued, “We have a lot of things that other teams don’t have to endure. We’ve really had to back off on practice and the intensity in which we practice because we’re getting ready to go through something that I don’t think anyone else in America is going to go through. Nobody else is going to play three games in six days and bus in between.”