"I kinda liked it," he said. "I thought it was all right."
It certainly looked like the style of play Huggins is known for coaching. More importantly, though, the team overall looked like a contender.
"We played together," Mazzulla said. "We played with the passion we're known for. We've always been tough on defense. Today, though, everything else fell into place."
"We always felt like we were [an NCAA tournament team]," Bryant said, "but today we looked like one. We made shots; we played defense."
And finished beautifully.
WVU played host to about 100 former products of the basketball program to the Notre Dame game. The names ranged from Leon Agnew and John Goots to Willie Akers and Da'Sean Butler.
Some of the other notable names at the Coliseum included Warren Baker, Marsalis Basey, Steve Berger, Chris Brooks, Herbie Brooks, Joedy Gardner, P.G. Green, Seldon Jefferson, Greg Jones, Chris Leonard, Lowes Moore, Sonny Moran, Damian Owens, Tony Robertson, Maurice Robinson, Lester Rowe and Bucky Waters.
It was nice to hear Wilfred Kirkaldy was in attendance after his severe health problems. Also, Tim "Catfish" McNeely was in the house. McNeely is now the tournament director of the Greenbrier Classic golf tournament. He said he spent much of this week in Los Angeles recruiting PGA players to the Greenbrier tournament. The man who helped him is another rather successful product of the WVU program: Jerry West, serving as the tournament director of the Northern Trust Open when not having statues of him unveiled.
And finally . . .
There was one other star at the game: state sports writer Mickey Furfari, who this week was voted into the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame. Furfari, 87, is the first state writer to be voted into the Hall. He'll be inducted April 4 in Houston during the Final Four activities.
Furfari is still active covering WVU, and the man is still sharp. He remembers, for instance, beginning a one-year stint as assistant sports editor at the Charleston Gazette "beginning June 15, 1948."
As for the award, Furfari said he was "tremendously surprised."
"I'm in my 65th year of covering WVU," he said Saturday. "I don't cover it very well now because I'm going blind. But I never dreamed of something like this because I never considered myself a national writer. I considered myself a regional writer."
Regional or national, the man is and has been Hall of Fame material.