Odds are against both avoiding this first-time fate Saturday.
Huggins is trying to avoid his first 4-5 start since he debuted as Walsh's head coach in 1980-81.
WVU has lost six consecutive games against ranked teams and nine of its last 10 overall. The program's last win over a top 3 team in the regular season came on Feb. 10, 2007 - a 70-65 triumph over No. 2 UCLA in Morgantown.
Saturday's game, of course, isn't in the Coliseum, but the Brooklyn Nets' spectacular new hoops home.
Herrion's Herd will play on the Civic Center hardwood for the second time in three games. While Marshall has won four of its last five games, only one of those victories came against a team with a winning record (Nevada is 6-4).
Of MU's five Division I wins this season. Those opponents' RPI rankings are 269, 164, 248 and 284.
That's largely why the Herd's RPI is 280 heading into Saturday's non-conference showdown with Cincinnati, which is 9-0 and has its highest ranking since Huggins ran the Bearcats' program.
Fortunately for the Herd, Cincy is barely outside the top 10. Marshall is 1-27 all-time against top 10 opponents.
MU has lost eight of nine against ranked teams and nine in a row to ranked opponents not named West Virginia.
If that trend is going to be reversed at the Civic Center, Marshall will need a quick recovery from losing leading scorer DeAndre Kane, who is out indefinitely with a right (shooting) hand injury.
Huggins has a healthy and full allotment of players, but they're shooting about as well as Kane would in a cast.
Michigan, meanwhile, is No. 8 in Division I in hoops 3-point shooting at 42.1 percent and is outscoring teams by an average of 20.4 points.
In the building where Jay-Z usually sits courtside, Huggins must feel like he has 99 problems, too.
"I think everybody thought (Michigan-WVU) would be a marquee, national game," Huggins said Wednesday. "We haven't held up our end of the bargain."
A Saturday sweep of ranked teams would be a first for state hoops fans.
That'd surely elate a few basketball Ebenezers just in time for the holidays.
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