Tonight's game against Gonzaga is WVU's 21st against an RPI top 100 team. Through this second round of the tournament, no team has played more.
Huggins' team has played a lot of close ones. Its number of overtime dates - six (4-2 record) - shares the Division I lead with Old Dominion and Evansville, and of those, only the Mountaineers are dancing, unless you count the CBI and the CIT (you shouldn't).
In the battlin' Big East, which has nine NCAA entrants, only Cincinnati, Connecticut and Rutgers played more than West Virginia's 10 games decided by five or fewer points, or it OT.
Gonzaga has a United Nations roster - players from Germany, France, Ivory Coast, two Canadian provinces and six states in the U.S. - but the Mountaineers are speaking the same language on what this NCAA opener is about.
"I think it's more about us," senior guard Truck Bryant said. "We came here to win a numerous amount of games and it just happens Gonzaga is our first opponent. This is about us putting games away, winning games."
Huggins knows the Mountaineers need to do more than just talk a good game against the Zags.
"We've lost 10 games by 29 total points; that's a lot," Huggins said Wednesday. "We haven't finished games, and if it was just one guy all the time I wouldn't play him in the second half.
"But it's different guys. You can go down through all of those games, and it's not always the same guy, not always the same guy who throws the ball away, not always the same guy who commits some other kind of turnover, not always the same guy who with an opportunity to put the game away, goes to the foul line and doesn't make shots.
"It has," Huggins deadpanned, "a total team effort."
And it's the kind of thing that won't console the Mountaineers if they do it again in Consol tonight.
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