Time off should be treasured, and Huggins believes that this will be the pause that refreshes, with all due apologizes to that cola company.
The truth is that the Mountaineers well may have lost that Pitt game due to weariness. Missing the front end of three 1 and 1s down the stretch after having played Villanova and Pitt for almost 80 minutes in a three-day period could well have left them gasping and anyone who has ever stepped to the line knows a tired free throw is a bad free throw.
Huggins certainly doesn’t want to turn those three misses into a mental problem, to magnify the free throw shooting problem.
He knows that they know that missing free throws is unacceptable and will make it part of their return to the gym.
Because of that, he wasn’t going to turn it into a major production.
At this time of year, talent will take over. The coach now has to guide his team through the icebergs of defeat and to drive them to their limit would almost certainly produce negative results.
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