MORGANTOWN - Bob Huggins was talking last week about the NCAA tournament, what it takes to get there and where his West Virginia basketball team stood at the time.
The bottom line? The Mountaineers were in pretty good shape, but they still needed to win some games.
Heading into Thursday night's rematch at No. 4 Pitt and then with three regular-season games remaining after that, little has changed. The Mountaineers still need to win some games.
If Huggins' formula is right, a 2-2 split should more than do the trick.
"If you win 10 games in this league you're going to get in. Nothing else really matters,'' Huggins said. "Ten wins assures you of getting into the NCAA tournament. You can talk about anything else you want to talk about, but if you win 10 games in this league, you're in.''
That's probably true. It certainly seems true in West Virginia's case given a couple of other variables. As of Tuesday the Mountaineers were No. 22 in the RPI, and they had the fourth-best strength of schedule rating in the country.
But with four games remaining before the Big East tournament, the Mountaineers (17-9, 8-6 Big East) are still two games short of those 10 wins that Huggins maintains is the ultimate threshold for entry into the tournament by a Big East team.
The strength of schedule variable isn't going anywhere, not with three of the four remaining games against teams in the Top 25 of both the polls and the RPI. And the RPI rating isn't going to slip much, if at all, if the Mountaineers continue to hold serve.
That means winning games, no matter who the opponent or where.