MORGANTOWN - Bob Huggins has spent most of West Virginia's recent slide reiterating a point that he felt needed to be made.
Specifically, he has said time after time that despite three straight losses, then four in five games, that the Mountaineers were still in good shape as far as an NCAA tournament berth was concerned.
And through it all he was right. To a point, he still is. Through Saturday's games, West Virginia was No. 40 in the RPI. The Mountaineers have nine wins against Top 100 teams. Their strength of schedule is No. 7 in the country.
But with all of those numbers, he was also careful to point out that the season was not over.
"We just need to win games,'' Huggins said on more than one occasion. "We're like everyone else right now in that we need to win some games.''
The longer West Virginia's current slide lasts, however, those chances to win games are slipping away. And while the mantra remains the same - win some games - even Huggins knows that things are slipping away.
His players know it, too.
"Coach keeps telling us we have to get 10 wins in order to have a chance,'' Kevin Jones said after WVU's woes reached five losses in six games with Saturday's 77-74 home loss to Louisville. "We have to find a way to get them. Games are winding down. We have to find a way.''