"If you watch us, other than the second half at Notre Dame we've been in games,'' Huggins said. "We've had opportunities to win games.''
The end of the Louisville game was a perfect example. West Virginia had the ball with a chance to win before Gary Browne forced a pass inside to Kevin Jones that was intercepted by Kyle Kuric.
"He saw K.J. open, he just didn't see Kuric,'' Huggins said. "That happens sometimes.
"Truck [Bryant] throws it away the [first] Notre Dame game when we're up three with the ball. He tried to throw it over top of [Jerian] Grant and Grant's got great length and he just underestimated his length. And there have been others.''
Figure on Saturday's game with South Florida being the same. The Bulls play smothering defense and slow the game way down. In winning six of the last seven games, USF has allowed more than 51 points once (at Syracuse, which scored 56) and three times in that stretch held teams in the 40s. The Bulls' games are usually close right down to the wire.
Saturday's game is not only important to West Virginia's NCAA tournament resume, it will also help determine where the Mountaineers are seeded in the Big East tournament that begins Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
West Virginia can still finish eighth and earn a Tuesday bye, but it would take both a win at USF and a loss by Seton Hall (also 8-9 in the league) at last-place DePaul later in the day. If that doesn't happen, WVU will finish either ninth or 10th and play No. 16 DePaul or probable No. 15 Providence on Tuesday.
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