"You go into Missouri and they've got the longest home winning streak in the country,'' Huggins said. "Gonzaga has been very good for a long, long time and we haven't played very well against them to this point.''
Indeed, Missouri has won 22 in a row at Mizzou Arena and, no, WVU hasn't been very good against Gonzaga, losing lopsided games in the NCAA tournament to end the 2011-12 season and on the road to start last season.
The first issue, though, is Missouri, which is 7-0 even after losing coach Frank Haith for the first five games of the season because of an NCAA suspension related to his time at Miami. Haith returned for a tournament in Las Vegas last week.
Like West Virginia, Missouri's schedule begins to stiffen now. Saturday the Tigers play UCLA at home.
Missouri hasn't really played a close game this season. The Tigers have a one-two scoring punch of guards Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown, both averaging about 19 points. Clarkson is a transfer from Tulsa.
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