Still, memorable or not, today is significant for Huggins and the Mountaineers. They can get back above .500 for the first time since a three-game losing streak in mid-January and keep alive their hopes for postseason play. The schedule becomes much harder soon, because with the exception of next Saturday's home game with Texas Tech everyone else remaining is playing for a spot in the NCAA tournament. So winning a game against a team that is not would seem obligatory.
TCU, though, proved on Wednesday that it can play and win, beating Kansas 62-55 in a game in which the Frogs never trailed and won despite shooting just 39 percent and missing 16 free throws.
"I think they missed three front ends [of one-and-one fouls] and still were able to get stops,'' Huggins said. "They never gave up.''
And perhaps this game does become memorable for something unusual. But after 999 of these, Huggins tends to remember most fondly the games that meant something in the bigger picture. He reminisced Friday about a couple of them in recent years, chiefly his 2010 team that won the Big East tournament title and then upset Kentucky to reach the Final Four for the first time in half a century.
"Obviously the Kentucky game was great because of what it meant to the state and the people,'' Huggins said. "And I think winning the Big East was really great. You're in the largest city in the world, in the most famous arena in the world and they're playing 'Country Roads.' ''
After that, though, three of the next four are at home against Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Baylor. The only road trip in there is a week from Monday at Kansas State.
It will remain that way after today unless Murray scores at least 17 points or Staten scores at least 19.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.