INDIANAPOLIS – It’s been 18 years since Bob Huggins was in a Final Four and he’ll return to his game’s greatest stage in Saturday’s 8:47 p.m. game against Duke at Lucas Oil Stadium.
A younger man with a sophisticated wardrobe at a different school back then, Huggins insists other things haven’t changed dramatically since.
“I don’t think I’m a whole lot different,” he said. “Obviously I’m older. Hopefully, as you get older and you experience a lot of things, you get smarter. Other than that, I don’t know.”
He’s taking the experiences of his first Final Four to his second and while he wants his players to have as much fun as possible, he also wants them to feel as normal as possible.
“They’re not used to having people around 24-7,” Huggins said. “You want to be very accommodating, but at the same time, you don’t want them to be overwhelmed. The last time was crazy. Everyone else had their teams on lockdown and I didn’t. That didn’t have anything to do with losing the game. We missed shots and missed free throws, but you want for things to just be normal.”
The Mountaineers had a private practice Tuesday and again Wednesday before leaving Morgantown, but it wasn’t always that way with Huggins. The practices before Cincinnati’s Final Four were open and very popular.
Mike Casazza – Charleston Daily Mail