Morgantown, West Virginia – Although the West Virginia Mountaineers are loaded with talent this season and have a legendary head coach, they have been severely overlooked in preseason polls and by experts and prognosticators…until now.
CBS Sports Basketball Analyst Jon Rothstein revealed his list of “five dark horse candidates to make the Final Four in 2020-2021”, and the West Virginia Mountaineers highlighted the list.
Rothstein said the following of this year’s Mountaineers: “Bob Huggins has won 25 games or more four times since he took his alma mater to the Final Four in 2010, but the team he’s about to coach could give him his best chance to get back to the sport’s most hallowed showcase. Eight of West Virginia’s top 10 scorers return from last season’s 21-win team, led by the physically overwhelming power forward/center combo of Derek Culver and Oscar Tshiebwe.
6-10 freshman Isaiah Cottrell also figures to make an immediate impact thanks to his skill level. If sophomore point guard Miles “Deuce” McBride can continue to evolve after averaging 9.5 points as a freshman, Huggins will have an all-conference caliber perimeter player to pair with an already lethal baseline.”
Perhaps the national media is starting to see what we already know, that this West Virginia team is one of Bob Huggins’ deepest, most talented teams in his long and illustrious career, and they are very much a contender to win the National Championship this season.