Over the last several days, I have been trying to get a handle on how to summarize this past season for the West Virginia basketball team.
Was the season a success? A failure? A disappointment?
There are many reasons to say it was successful. I understand that. This was a roster loaded with freshmen that faced a daunting schedule, both within in the Big East as well as out of conference. Anytime a young team can win 9 games in the Big East and make it to the NCAA Tournament, that is a good thing.
After all, there was no guarantee that this would be a tournament team. WVU has gone to the tournament every year that Bob Huggins has been the head coach in Morgantown, but it certainly iwas not a given that this team would go.
So the fact that West Virginia did make the tournament was a real plus.
However, if you listen to Bob Huggins on our website and on our radio network, this season does not really FEEL like a successful one. In fact, when you listen to Huggs you can hear the frustration in his voice. In many ways, this was a disappointing season, and an exasperating season for the Mountaineer head coach. It is hard for any coach to feel good about losing 9 of the last 13 games of the season.
Bob Huggins is a proud competitor. He has a lot of pride and confidence in his ability as a coach. He also takes great pride in being the head men’s basketball coach at West Virginia. He takes special pride in knowing that his team represents the people of our state. You can tell by his voice that he was not pleased with how his team was manhandled by Gonzaga last Thursday.
Did Bob Huggins do a good coaching job this season? Certainly!
Did he get what he could out of this team? It would appear so.
Was this season frustrating and disappointing, especially the end.? I think that Bob Huggins would say "yes."