The reason the strength of schedule will improve is because, after today's game with Texas Tech, the final six games are against teams ranked Nos. 6, 20, 22, 27, 46 and 54. It follows, then, that if West Virginia wins games, its RPI will improve, too. Teams with RPIs in the top 50 almost always are invited to the NCAA tournament. Those outside the top 50 to 55 rarely are.
Whether West Virginia can make that rather steep climb of at least 40 spots in the RPI even with a string of wins is debatable, but Huggins at least holds that hope.
"The good thing about playing in a good league is you have more opportunities,'' Huggins said. "We do have opportunities.''
"We turned them over,'' Huggins recalled. "We turned them over early and then we turned them over late.''
That's not surprising. Tech is dead last in the Big 12 in turnover margin.
The player with the best chance to get there might be freshman Eron Harris. The team's best scorer of late, Harris averages just 8.9 points over the entire season and would need to average 13.6 points over the final seven games to improve to 10.0. But since joining the starting lineup nine games ago he's averaging 14.3 points.
The last time WVU didn't have a player average in double figures was 1944, when Earl Allara scored 181 points in 19 games for an 8-11 team.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.