NEW YORK - It certainly doesn't rise to the level of some of West Virginia's recent and more egregious travel snafus, but the team did encounter a bit of a glitch Tuesday.
But, hey, what would Mountaineer basketball be without sitting and waiting out the occasional detour?
In the end, WVU's trip to the wrong practice site Tuesday only cost the team a half hour or so and certainly won't be an issue today when the No. 8 seeded Mountaineers (19-12) face ninth-seeded Connecticut (19-12) in the second round of the Big East tournament.
The noon game at Madison Square Garden will be televised by ESPN.
West Virginia, which earned a first-round bye in the tournament, was able to watch UConn beat DePaul 81-67 Tuesday to advance into today's second round. But despite staying in a hotel just across the street from the Garden, Huggins and the team didn't watch the game live, but on television.
"We had practice and I wanted to make sure we got there on time,'' Huggins said. "We got there on time, we just went to the wrong place.''
Big East tournament teams generally practice at whatever courts are available throughout Manhattan and the Mountaineers were to practice at the same one they have used in the past. The bus driver, though, was directed to the wrong one. When the team arrived, Marquette was there practicing.
"We have people who are in charge of that,'' Huggins said, noncommittal about whether those people would remain in charge of such matters. "I never really thought to double-check because it's really never happened before.''
After waiting 15 minutes and then traveling another 20 to the right health club, the team practiced apparently without incident. That's good, because the Mountaineers probably will need to be at the top of their game to beat Connecticut.
Yes, the Huskies are just the ninth seed, but they are also ranked in the top 35 in the RPI and considered a pretty sure bet to be an NCAA tournament selection.
This is also the program that a year ago won both the Big East and NCAA tournaments after an identical No. 9 seed in the league.