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This was Bob Huggins at Big 12 media day (via WVUsports.com):
"Honestly, if we're the sixth-best team in the league then it's a hell of a league."
The Big 12 must be a hell of a league, because Huggins' squad is looking more like the seventh-best than the sixth-best, which is where the Mountaineers were picked in the preseason.
The low preseason ranking was mostly because Huggins would be relying a lot on three transfers. It likely had something to do with being the new kid on the block as well. Huggins, obviously, expected better, but the Mountaineers are not delivering.
It's easy to blame WVU's 2-4 start in the Big 12 on dreadful outside shooting, which is what held the team back early on this year. However, the Mountaineers are shooting a surprising 34.2 percent from deep in conference play, which ranks fourth in the Big 12.
It's hard to pin the Mountaineers' troubles on one thing. They just don't do anything that well other than hit the offensive glass. Usually Huggins can rely on great defense, but WVU's defense is middle-of-the-pack.
West Virginia is where it is on this list mainly because we've come to expect that a Huggins' team will eventually figure it out. He's had only one team since 1991 not reach the NCAA Tournament—his lone season at Kansas State—and only one time in his career has Huggins had a team with a losing record in conference play—Akron in 1985.
This team is sure to break those streaks.