MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A few minutes after West Virginia had polished off Presbyterian Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum, Bob Huggins sat down with his team and began looking toward the next item on the agenda.
A day later the Mountaineers would be on a plane headed to Mexico for the two real games in the Cancun Challenge.
"We were talking about what the schedule was down there and what they needed to bring,'' Huggins said. "And Juwan Staten said, 'Listen, everybody understand now, this is a business trip. This isn't a vacation. This is a business trip.'
"We haven't had that in a while.''
It would be good, of course, if the Mountaineers kept that attitude. Because today and Wednesday the competition WVU faces is raised several notches.
First up for West Virginia (4-1) is today's 6 p.m. game against Old Dominion (4-1) in Cancun. Depending upon the outcome, the Mountaineers will then play either No. 12 Wisconsin (6-0) or Saint Louis (5-0) Wednesday at either 7 or 9:30 p.m.
All of the games will be televised by CBS Sports Network.
To date, West Virginia hasn't been challenged in this Cancun Challenge, but that was pretty much by design. WVU, ODU, Wisconsin and Saint Louis each played two games against the other half of the Cancun bracket, which includes Georgia Southern, Presbyterian, Bowling Green and Oral Roberts. Those four teams are also in Cancun playing their own four-team bracket.
West Virginia and today's opponent, Old Dominion, each faced Georgia Southern and Presbyterian last week and won easily. The Mountaineers perhaps had an easier time with the two, winning each by 33 points while ODU beat Presbyterian by 18 points and Georgia Southern by 17.
Regardless of comparative scores, however, the Mountaineers know the competition is about to become much more difficult.