"A few years ago," Huggins chuckled, "they would have thought 'staggers' was a bar downtown."
It's a smart, tough team that certainly feeds off the Coliseum crowd. WVU is now 11-2 at home this season. The 13,241 fans in attendance on Wednesday poured much of their energy toward WVU - but almost as much in a negative fashion toward the officials.
"It was pretty funny," Flowers said of the fan pressure. "I laugh about it. I love our fans. They can say what ..."
... he can't.
"It's awesome," Thoughman said. "Anything the crowd does to get loud ... I love it. When it's loud I feed off that."
Heck, the crowd pressure on the officials gave Huggins a chance to sit back. The last thing WVU needed down the stretch was a technical on him.
"Extreme patience I showed," Huggins said with a smile. "I should be congratulated on that. It's not been part of my character in the past."
He should, moreso, be congratulated for taking this Mountaineer team, sometimes woeful shooting the ball, hit by the loss of Noah Cottrill and Dan Jennings, the three-game suspension of Casey Mitchell, etc., etc., and pushing it to the NCAA tournament.
From the floor? West Virginia is now shooting 43.2 percent this season.
On the floor? The Mountaineers can slip on their dancing shoes.
Using some good old-fashioned Huggins toughness and a dose of smarts, they've earned an invitation to the Big Dance.