So no, Huggins doesn't get his $25,000. But, yes, the Mountaineers were respectable. They could look themselves in the mirror afterward.
Here's the deal though: The performance showed what Huggins expected from this team all along. It showed this team could have had a solid year. Instead, it's 9-11.
Murray strutted his stuff. Staten gave us a glimpse of his speed. Players were scrapping and diving on the floor. They were holding serve against a fine Jayhawk team.
Prior to Monday's game, WVU's team was like a tennis opponent you just keep hitting the ball back to. Sooner or later you know they'll screw up. Just hit the ball in the middle of the court and wait for it.
Against Kansas, though, West Virginia served up some aces. The Mountaineers hit some crosscourt winners.
They took the No. 2 Jayhawks down to the wire before falling 61-56. Murray showed his potential with 17 points and seven rebounds.
The West Virginia fans were into the game.
They stayed until the very end.
And did not cut out.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.