The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

February 8, 2010

HERTZEL COLUMN - WVU-Nova no ordinary regular season game

MORGANTOWN — On Saturday, Bob Huggins had some bad news for his West Virginia basketball team after it survived a scare at St. John’s.

Morgantown was snowed in and therefore his basketball team was snowed out of Morgantown.

Oh, heck.


No, better make that double darn.

This team made up of five starters from the New York City area would have to spend a Saturday night in the city.

Geez, they began thinking, hope we can find something to do here.

Tee, hee.

Huggins also had offered a word of caution.

It came in the form of the West Virginia schedule. See, the Mountaineers have been looking to be big time for a while and, as Huggins has pointed out, sometimes you have to sacrifice a little bit to do that.

For example, big time teams get big time games on Mondays in the Big East.

Hard enough to turn around with one day between Saturday’s game and Monday’s, but then to do it having to travel on Sunday and after having an unexpected evening on Broadway ... well ...

Some dilemma.

“I told them to be responsible,” Huggins reported. “We need all the energy we can get on Monday.”

See, this is a game like few they will play outside of the Big East and NCAA Tournament.

The opponent is Villanova, which was the nation’s No. 2 team until the Wildcats got caught with their pants down at Georgetown. Maybe they were looking ah ...

No, let’s lay that one to rest right now.

Villanova was not looking ahead. They were victimized simply by the grueling nature of the Big East schedule, which is not far behind the NBA’s when it comes to facing a different kind of challenge every night.

They were on the road in Washington facing the No. 7 team in the country, a team that had been upset in its previous game by South Florida, so you can just scratch the idea that they were looking ahead at West Virginia. That wasn’t going to happen to a veteran team like Villanova.

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