That was the case with Texas Wednesday night. That doesn't reflect well on the Longhorns, of course, and not all teams will cave like they did. But it's really the best, perhaps only option for a West Virginia team that does none of those sexy things. It will win only if it fights.
"When the game went to overtime I was like, 'We've got it,' '' Kilicli said. "They weren't going to fight anymore.''
Afterward, Huggins talked about what has really become this team's mantra from here forward, which is "Find a Way.'' It's something he borrowed from one of his Cincinnati teams - actually the one that would lose to WVU on Jarrod West's banked 3-pointer in the NCAA tournament in Idaho in 1998.
A manager on that team, Joe Roberts, texted Huggins Wednesday with those three words. That year they ended up carved in wood and found a spot in the team luggage, players tapping it before each game as if it were Notre Dame's "Play Like a Champion" sign. Expect it on a T-shirt near you soon.
"That's what I told that [Cincinnati] group, that somehow, some way we have to find a way to win,'' Huggins said. "And if Ruben Patterson blocks Jarrod West's half-court shot, maybe we're in the Sweet 16 with a chance to advance.''
Well, this team is a long, long way from any Sweet 16. At 8-6 it will be an uphill climb just to make a sixth straight NCAA tournament.
But if there's any chance at any success this season for WVU, it will come through finding that way with a team that has precious few conventional options. Fighting to the death and wearing opponents down is about the only way to go.
Again, that's always been a Huggins refrain, but without much else this year it has to be the solo act.
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