Huggins believes the schedule's degree of difficulty will increase both when the AP poll comes out and the season wears on. He might be right.
But my answer to the question is no; Huggins did not overschedule. When NCAA tournament at-large bids are passed out, teams are rewarded for winning against a tough schedule.
In that light, this is a spot-on challenge for Huggins' team. We'll see if big man Aaric Murray is indeed a one-and-done type of player. If he is, he'll rise to this schedule. We'll see if Juwan Staten is all that. We'll see if Matt Humphrey can lead and if Jabarie Hinds and Deniz Kilicli have improved.
If the answer to all of the above is yes, this schedule should be perfect. And if WVU can steal that first one at Gonzaga and simply make the finals of that Old Spice Classic, the schedule sets up as well as can be expected.
The WVU trip to Brooklyn to face Michigan is surrounded by the Marshall game here in Charleston and home games against Virginia Tech, Oakland, Radford and Eastern Kentucky. There's a road game at Duquesne thrown in there.
If the Mountaineers have to play Oklahoma three times, well, the Sooners were picked to finish seventh - a spot below WVU - in the Big 12. As mentioned, Purdue is a tough place to play, but the Boilermakers are young. They are not only unranked in the USA Today poll, but without a single vote. (Of course, so too is WVU.) If you're going to play at Purdue, this isn't a bad season to do so.
Vanderbilt was picked to finish 10th in the SEC. Clemson was picked to finish eighth in the ACC.
Also, keep in mind that while WVU has much travel, it also has Huggins, who has been through the Big 12. He can give his team the lowdown, if not the feel of the new arenas.
Oh yes, and each of those Big 12 teams also have to visit WVU's Coliseum. That's no picnic, especially if it's your first visit.
So, yes, WVU's schedule is tough. But is it too tough for the Mountaineer basketball team?
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