LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The NCAA Tournament escaped long ago. The NIT, at best, is unlikely. A CBI bid might not be worth the school's time and money.
But who says there is nothing left for West Virginia this season?
In 28 seasons as a Division I coach, Bob Huggins has never coached five consecutive losses. His sixth team of Mountaineers can avoid a fifth straight loss by winning Wednesday's game at Oklahoma.
That won't be easy. WVU, 13-16 overall and 6-10 in the Big 12, is 0-2 against the Sooners and 3-8 in road games. Oklahoma (19-9, 10-6) has won four of six with the two losses coming on the road by a combined 11 points. The Sooners are 11-2 at home and have won four straight at the Lloyd Noble Center with wins against Kansas, Baylor and Iowa State.
But greater than all of that is this: These Mountaineers aren't good in adverse situations. Time and again WVU has been pushed and then been pushed over this season.
"We're not good enough," Huggins said Saturday afternoon following another lopsided loss, this one a 91-65 laugher at No. 6 Kansas in which the home team made 57 percent of its shots, had assists on 29 of 34 baskets, dunked eight times and blocked 13 WVU shots.
It gave Huggins a fourth consecutive loss for the first time since the 1984-85 season at Akron, his first in Division I. In between the four-game losing streaks, Huggins won 647 of 894 games (72.3 percent) averaged 24 wins in the regular season and was never three games below .500.
This, however, is not those teams.
"I've been embarrassed since the first game," Huggins said, referring to the 34-point loss at Gonzaga, the worst loss in his career. "Go back and look. I don't get beat like that. My guys played so hard and competed so hard that whenever we got beat, we never got beat like that. Ever."
The loss to Kansas was the fifth this season by at least 20 points.
Huggins lost five games by 20 or more points in his five seasons at Akron, five in his 16 seasons at Cincinnati and three in his season at Kansas State. That was the only season that had more than one of those losses.