West Virginia's Huggins gets another shot at UConn

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    Bob Huggins
    NCAA men's basketball coach

Dec. 8—MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — UConn and West Virginia, who will match up tonight, have played some memorable college basketball games. One in particular sticks out to Bob Huggins, the Mountaineers' coach since 2007.

"I remember getting thrown out at UConn," Huggins said with a laugh Tuesday, referring to a game Feb. 22, 2010.

Well, Huggins was asked, what did you say to the officials?

"Probably not as much as (Jim) Calhoun," Huggins said, beaming as he referred to the longtime Husky head coach. "But I was the opposition."

UConn won that game in Hartford 73-62, but Huggins has had his share of successes against the Huskies when the two were Big East foes, including the last time the two played at the WVU Coliseum.

UConn's last trip to Morgantown came March 2, 2011, a game that turned into a 65-56 West Virginia win over Kemba Walker and company. The Huskies would lose their next game that season, too, to Notre Dame, then would roll off 11 straight wins to claim the school's third national championship.

Huggins will match wits with Dan Hurley tonight not Calhoun, of course, but Huggins was asked about the Hall of Famer's recent decision to retire from coaching. The 79-year-old Calhoun stepped down from Division III St. Joseph's Nov. 18.

"I'm happy for him, whatever makes him happy," Huggins said.

The 68-year-old Huggins says he's had similar thoughts, but isn't sure he'll act on them.

"I'm getting there. I'm getting to the point where you think about maybe retiring," Huggins said. "Then I look at guys that have retired and all of a sudden they really don't want to be retired.

"We're so used to doing what we're doing day-in and day-out."

As for today, Huggins isn't exactly excited for a trip down memory lane. He was for a moment, then realized how good the No. 15 Huskies might be.

"Kind of thought about it 'til I watched them play," Huggins said. "They're good. Danny's got a really good team. They're deep, they're so athletic, they can score in multiple ways, they've got a lot of guys that can score. They really defend."

Neill covers UConn men's basketball and UConn football teams, and he keeps a finger on the pulse of Connecticut sports. For live game updates, and more insight into UConn athletics, player transfers, and team changes, follow Neill on Twitter: @NeillOstrout, Facebook: JINeillO, and Instagram: @NeillOstrout.

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