AMES, Iowa — It became merely a minor factor in the outcome of Iowa State’s 83-66 victory, but anytime Bob Huggins talks about technicals, the ears perk up.
And so it was that Huggins gave his account of the first-half technical he received from official Mike Stuart, a tech that followed a sequence in which WVU guard Gary Browne appeared to have been undercut by Iowa State’s Matt Thomas on a rebound.
“I said, ‘You don’t think that was a foul?’ That’s what I said. ‘So that wasn’t a foul when Gary got knocked down on the rebound?’ And he T’s me,” Huggins said. “I’m in the (coaching) box, and then he says ‘You were out of the box.’ But no, no, nah, nah, nah, nah — don’t start making stuff up.”
The out-of-the-box argument didn’t seem to matter minutes earlier when Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg reached midcourt while emphatically making a beef about a foul call.
“Touching the center circle,” said Huggins.
The coach offered virtually no postgame information regarding guard Terry Henderson, who has missed the past two game while dealing with an undisclosed illness. Huggins said “I have no idea” when asked about a timetable for the sophomore’s return.
“I thought he looked better (Tuesday), but I’m obviously not a doctor,” Huggins said. “And at this point in time I’m probably not a very good basketball coach either.”