The end result, however, was something that's become common 'round these parts this season. WVU lost for the fifth time in six games, and Huggins lost his 11th game.
How rare is that?
This is Huggins' 31st season as a head coach. He lost at least 11 games in the first year of each of his five coaching stops: Walsh, Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas State and West Virginia.
In his other 26 seasons, he's lost 11 or more games just seven times. He's lost 11 or more five out of six seasons at his alma mater. The 2009-10 Final Four team remains the outlier since his return.
That paints a bleak forecast in what could be Huggins' third-ever losing season. In addition to the conference tournament, WVU still has 11 league games - six on the road. That includes trips to Baylor, K-State, Kansas and Oklahoma. Texas, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Iowa State come here.
The Mountaineers are 1-3 in Big 12 home games.
Kansas has won 33 consecutive games at Allen Fieldhouse, its home court. Heck, the Jayhawks have navigated the home portion of their schedule unscathed in four of the last five seasons.
That's a tough bar to reach in the Big 12. Kansas, after all, has more conference titles (55) than any other school. Ever.
In his postgame comments, Self lamented the 16 points his team left on the free-throw line, and how it was minus-seven in turnover margin.
But what if red-hot freshman Eron Harris doesn't go 0-for-5 for WVU? What if he makes one or two of his four shots from beyond the arc? What if Deniz Kilicli had shown any semblance of being a reliable player on either end of the court?
What if WVU had a little more "wow" ... instead of 15 very good minutes sandwiched by frustration?
Contact sports editor Chuck McGill at chuck.mcg...@dailymail.com or 304-348-7949.