"They've got a team full of good players,'' Huggins said. "Everybody says [Jeremy] Lamb and [Andre] Drummond are lottery picks, Shabazz [Napier] is really good, Roscoe Smith is good.''
Huggins also obviously has a high opinion of freshman Ryan Boatright, who committed to WVU last year before changing his mind after Jabarie Hinds committed. Lamb had 25 points and Boatright 19 in UConn's Tuesday win over DePaul.
Perhaps just as concerning to the Mountaineers are UConn's inside players, Drummond and Alex Oriakhi. Drummond, a 6-foot-10, 270-pound freshman, is especially a concern.
When the teams played on Jan. 9 in Hartford, Conn., Drummond made nine of his 11 shots and had 20 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.
"He made shots,'' Huggins said of Drummond. "He made shots that normally he doesn't make. He made shots off the block. I thought he had a great game.''
In order for West Virginia to win and get into Thursday's noon quarterfinals against top-seeded and No. 2 Syracuse, the Mountaineers are likely to need strong performances from their two seniors, Kevin Jones and Truck Bryant. Jones had 22 points in the first game between the teams, but less than half (five) his rebounding average of 11.2. Bryant was just 2-for-13 from the floor in that game and was also in foul trouble.
Huggins was asked if Jones not winning the Big East player of the year award, announced Tuesday, might be any kind of motivating factor for either Jones or the team as a whole.
"You would hope so, but honestly we've been appealing to them [late in the season] to get Truck and K.J. out in the right way,'' Huggins said. "You hope so. I thought we played as hard as we've played all year at South Florida.''
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