Indeed, playing on Tuesday means needing five wins in five days in the best conference in the history of basketball in order to win the tournament. Sorry, but that's not going to be done. Period.
So you'd better stay out of the bottom half of the standings.
But that's not going to be easy this year. The standings are so jumbled that even the coaches aren't always sure where they stand.
"What are we, in a five-way tie for something?'' Huggins asked Friday, the day before it all began to change again with a full slate of Big East games.
Well, yes, at that point the Mountaineers were in a five-way tie for seventh place. Tie-breakers at that point actually might have put West Virginia in the ninth spot, which would have meant a Tuesday game.
Or try this: As soon as Syracuse lost to Louisville Saturday, the Orange fell - at least temporarily - from sixth to 11th. This is a Syracuse team that four weeks ago was No. 4 in the country.
When WVU beat DePaul, the Mountaineers moved to within a game of third place. Then again, they were just a half game out of 11th place.
Of course, there are still three weeks remaining, so a lot can happen. But the point is that some really good teams are going to straddling that line between a Tuesday game and a bye. Further on up, just as many are going to toeing the line between a one-round bye and two days off.
That's certainly where seeding matters - not in who anyone plays, but how many.
"And the hard thing is you could conceivably play four ranked teams,'' Huggins said, apparently either discounting or failing to recognize that the number of ranked teams faced by a Tuesday participant could actually number five. "It's hard. It's a very difficult thing. There's not another league where you could conceivably end up playing four ranked teams.''
A year ago, West Virginia played just three games and won the tournament and it served the Mountaineers well. They got a great workout, confidence and it put them on a roll toward a Final Four berth.
"A year ago I thought it was great for us. I thought it was great momentum,'' Huggins said. "But if we'd had to play four or five games? It's draining. It's physically draining and it's emotionally draining.''
All of which is why wins like Saturday's against DePaul are huge, because no matter whom it is against, every game counts.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.