Of course, what is lost in all of this is that West Virginia probably didn't need to be charged up at the time of the technical. To wit: With the clock approaching the 12-minute mark, Notre Dame was within 45-40. Kevin Jones then made a nice 3-pointer, the two teams traded turnovers, John Flowers blocked a Hansbrough drive and Truck Bryant hit a 10-footer off the glass to make the score 50-40.
It was on the next possession that Mazzulla drove and Huggins got the technical. So it wasn't as if things were going badly and West Virginia needed a pick-me-up. The bottom line is it came smack in the middle of a 12-2 WVU run.
So maybe the whole thing was overblown.
Still, when two subsequent coin-flip calls both go in your favor and it drives the other coach into a road technical that served no positive purpose, well, it can be argued that it certainly didn't hurt (even if Notre Dame's only two points in that nearly five-minute stretch came on the technical free throws).
"We had the home crowd behind us and Coach usually gets fired up if he doesn't think a call is right," Jones said afterward. "But emotionally it made us step up our game. When the technical fouls happened, we just came together even more.''
Mazzulla perhaps gave Huggins too much credit, saying he was sure it was an intentional technical.
"He kind of came over and told us that he got that one on purpose. And we fed off of it. Not only us, but the crowd fed off of it, and we were able to sustain that,'' Mazzulla said. "If there's one thing about Huggs, he never gets an unnecessary technical.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.