It was a tough finish for Bob Huggins to take.
His team collapsed under a withering run of 17 consecutive Kansas points late in the game in the Jayhawks’ wild 77-69 victory over the Mountaineers on Saturday night.
The loss likely ended West Virginia’s hopes for its first Big 12 title. Earlier this season, the Mountaineers were ranked No. 2 in the nation.
Huggins was ejected in the final seconds of the game. But he was lucid in his postgame comments to the West Virginia radio network after the game.
Here’s a collection of what Huggins said:
General comments on the game
“You can’t win. I’ve been in this game for a long, long time but that can’t happen. We have no chance to win.”
On specific calls that set him off
“I thought Sags [West Virginia center Sagaba Konate] got fouled on the jump hook. There’s no question [West Virginia guard] Dax [Miles] fouled. We’re down by 3 or 4 then. You have no chance, man. No chance.”
On the difference in foul shots between Kansas and West Virginia
“The sad part is they [the Jayhawks] don’t need it. They are a good team and are very well coached. They don’t need that, man. They don’t need somebody to do that. And I’m going to tell you what. There’s something wrong when you do that to kids who played their hearts out [like that].”
On West Virginia’s late-game struggles
“We made some mistakes. I told them in there. We made some mistakes. Dax should have shot the last one. Probably should have shot the one before that. He’s playing like crazy and he’s trying.
“We missed a free throw, but you let [them have] that many at the free-throw line. They get 26 from the free-throw line and we get 1. That’s the game. I feel so bad for our kids that I can’t not say something.”
On West Virginia’s effort:
“We made some bad plays. JC [West Virginia guard Jevon Carter] tried to throw it into … he’s not going to catch it. That’s a bad play.
“Dax had 2 [turnovers] where he could have made shots. He threw them out of bounds. Those are bad plays. But they are going to make bad plays, guys.
“We give the deal with Sags on the moving screen … he posted up. … He didn’t do anything they didn’t do. It’s frustrating when you say this is going to be called and it’s not called. It’s frustrating. You try to do things the right way.”
On Kansas’ effort
“Again, that’s a great team. He’s [Kansas coach Bill Self] a heck of a coach. He’s in the Hall of Fame.”
On his explanation for the foul shot disparity
“That’s the shame of the whole deal. We don’t have any.”
Does West Virginia’s physical brand hurt the team?
“I think there are many times in the game. I don’t think it happened [Saturday], but they [referees] get tired and blow the whistle to get a rest. I do know that. But I don’t think that.”
Do officials anticipate calls?
“You saw it as well as I did. Whatever it is you call, you have to be consistent the whole game both ways. You can’t tell me we didn’t get fouled more than twice. C’mon.”
On the officiating
“I don’t think officials should look for things. I don’t think they should stand and stare [players and coaches] down. I think that’s wrong.”
How does West Virginia bounce back?
“You’ve got to get ready for Baylor and hopefully they don’t shoot 30 free throws and our 2. I don’t know what to do about that. The other part … we’ll get them back. We’ll find a way to bounce back and try to win at Baylor. We’ll try to win out.”
And one last shot to reporters at his press conference:
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