As West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins is being officially inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, we’re taking a look at the best moments Huggins has had at his alma mater.
Back in 2010, Huggins led his West Virginia team to their first final four appearance since 1959. Huggins, who was in his third season at WVU, earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament with a 31-7 record. Huggins’ second final four team was led by All-American guard Da’Sean Butler as well as Kevin Jones, Devin Ebanks and a supporting bench.
The Mountaineers also ran through the Big East Conference Tournament in New York City, defeating three teams in three days. Butler averaged 19.7 points during the weekend, finishing off Georgetown in the final minute to win the Big East Conference Tournament.
The tournament run started with wins over No. 15 Morgan State, No. 10 Missouri and No. 11 Washington before setting up an Elite-8 matchup with No. 1 Kentucky. The Wildcats were year one into the John Calipari era, highlighted by underclassmen John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson and Eric Bledsoe. With starting guard Truck Bryant out of action, backup Joe Mazzulla stepped up big-time, finishing with 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting. WVU went on to beat Kentucky 73-66.
West Virginia headed to Indianapolis to showcase what the state was all about. The Mountaineers’ run didn’t end the way they wanted to, losing to Duke 78-57, but their tournament run is still remembered to this day.
WV Sports Now will have coverage of Huggins’ induction this weekend.