Following West Virginia’s win against Wichita State in the championship game of the Cancun Challenge, Bob Huggins seemed satisfied with this year’s version of the West Virginia Mountaineers.  Although far from perfect, this is a Bob Huggins’ team and this team plays for the state of West Virginia.

“What makes me feel so good is that they love West Virginia,” Huggins said. “They love being a part of it. They love the fans, they love the way they support us. They’re the first ones to run over and sing Country Roads with the fans. It’s been a while since we’ve had that.”

With a win, the Mountaineers are now the #1 ranked team in the RPI – one spot ahead of #2 Kansas – and are now 6-0 with one of the toughest strength of schedules in the nation.

Huggins realizes that this team is very much still a work-in-progress and has a long way to go in becoming a top team in the nation, but he was thrilled with his team leaving Cancun with a trophy.

“I really wanted it for our returners.  They believed in us and endured and they love West Virginia, love the Mountaineers, love being a part of it and they deserve the good things that happen to them.”

The Mountaineers are West Virginia’s team and they play for the 1.8 million people in the state.  Win or lose, this is a team that we can all be proud of.