WVU head coach Bob Huggins was asked on Thursday afternoon about playing his long-time rival Xavier once again. Huggins, who coached in the Crosstown Shootout rivalry between Cincinnati and Xavier for 16 seasons, didn’t hold back on his thoughts of the Musketeers.
“I don’t have any good thoughts on Xavier whatsoever,” Huggins said.
Huggins then was asked if he was looking forward to returning to the Cintas Center for the first time since 2004.
“Why,” Huggins responded.
Huggins coached at Cincinnati from 1989-2005, playing Xavier on an annual basis in the Crosstown Shootout rivalry. Cincinnati and Xavier both are great programs historically and only are three miles within each other in neighboring towns in the city. Huggins has an all-time 8-10 record against Xavier that dates back to 1990.
Saturday’s matchup against Xavier marks the first time Huggins has coached against the Musketeers since the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Xavier defeated WVU 79-75 to advance to the Elite-8.
West Virginia and Xavier will make for good television on Saturday night as the two square off in the Big East-Big 12 Battle in Cincinnati. Fox Sports One will take the broadcast.