MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - There is no doubt that West Virginia has suffered through an agonizing winter of basketball.
Heading into Wednesday night's game at Oklahoma (9 p.m., ESPN2) and Saturday afternoon's home finale against Iowa State (1:30 p.m., Big 12 Network), the Mountaineers are all but assured of their first losing season since John Beilein's first squad in 2002-03 finished 14-15.
But Gonzaga's ascension to the No. 1 spot in the polls Monday also illustrates something else about this Mountaineer team: It played a brutal schedule.
Including Gonzaga, West Virginia played four games against three teams that at some point this season were ranked No. 1 in the country.
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, however, isn't blaming the teams on his schedule for this year's woes. He did, however, say again on Monday that travel was an issue and that next year he will seek to rectify some of that.
"I think what we have to do is do a much better job of managing the travel part of it,'' Huggins said. "With the travel we do in the [Big 12] conference part of the schedule, you really don't need to make those cross-country trips in the non-conference.''