Bob Huggins

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Bob Huggins
Bob Huggins.JPG
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team West Virginia
Conference Big 12
Record 255–130
Annual salary $3,575,000
Biographical details
Born (1953-09-21) September 21, 1953 (age 64)
Morgantown, West Virginia
Playing career
1975–1977 West Virginia
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977–1978 West Virginia (assistant)
1978–1980 Ohio State (assistant)
1980–1983 Walsh
1983–1984 UCF (assistant)
1984–1989 Akron
1989–2005 Cincinnati
2006–2007 Kansas State
2007–present West Virginia
Head coaching record
Overall 845–341
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
2 NCAA Division I Regional (1992, 2010)
OVC regular season (1986)
OVC Tournament (1986)
2 Great Midwest regular season (1992, 1993)
4 Great Midwest Tournament (1992–1995)
Big East Tournament (2010)
8 C–USA regular season (1996–2002, 2004)
4 C–USA Tournament (1996, 1998, 2002, 2004)
Awards
C–USA Coach of the Decade (2005)
3× C–USA Coach of the Year (1998–2000)
OVC Coach of the Year (1986)
Big 12 Coach of the Year (2015)
Jim Phelan Award (2015)

Robert Edward Huggins (born September 21, 1953),[1][2] nicknamed "Huggy Bear," is an American college basketball coach. He is the head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team. Huggins previously held the head coaching positions at Walsh College (1980–1983), the University of Akron (1984–1989), the University of Cincinnati (1989–2005) and Kansas State University (2006–2007). On April 5, 2007, he accepted an offer to return to coach his alma mater, West Virginia University.[3] After leading the Mountaineers to a Sweet 16 appearance, Huggins signed an 11-year contract with the university after the season ended.

One of only ten coaches ever with 800 or more career victories, Huggins has been to 24 total NCAA tournaments, including 23 in the last 26 seasons. He has led his teams to nine Sweet Sixteen appearances, four Elite Eight appearances, and two Final Four appearances (1992 with Cincinnati; 2010 with West Virginia). As of March 2018, Huggins has averaged 23 wins per season over the course of his career.

Biography[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Huggins, who had moved to Port Washington, Ohio, with his family, played basketball for his father, Charles, at Indian Valley South High School. As a senior, he helped lead his team to a 26–0 season.[4]

Huggins began college at Ohio University. He returned to his native West Virginia, after transferring out from Ohio University after his freshman season, playing point guard for the Mountaineers from 1975 until 1977 under head coach Joedy Gardner.[5] Huggins' career-high was 28 points against Virginia Tech, he averaged 13.2 points as a senior, and he totaled 800 career points in his three collegiate seasons. Teammate Maurice Robinson said of Huggins as a player, "You always knew that he was going to be successful in whatever he did because he worked real hard.”[6]

Cut after a 1977 tryout with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, Huggins subsequently pursued a Master's degree in health administration at his alma mater, West Virginia University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He had previously obtained two undergraduate degrees in education and physical therapy.

Coaching career[edit]

Early coaching career[edit]

Huggins launched his coaching career as a graduate assistant at West Virginia under Gardner in 1977. He then spent two years as an assistant to Eldon Miller at Ohio State University. Huggins was only 27 when he became a collegiate head coach, accepting the position at Walsh University in 1980. In three seasons at Walsh, he compiled a 71–26 record, twice earning NAIA District 22 Coach of the Year honors. Huggins directed the Walsh 1982–83 team to a perfect 30–0 regular season mark and an eventual 34–1 mark. After serving as an assistant at University of Central Florida for the 1983–84 season, Huggins was named head coach at the University of Akron where he compiled a 97–46 record and reached post-season play in three of his five seasons there including an NCAA bid during the 1985–86 season.

Cincinnati[edit]

Cincinnati, while having a rich history, had fallen on hard times. The once-proud program that had been to 5 consecutive Final Fours from 1959 to 1963—including a pair of national championships in 1961 and 1962—had not been to the NCAA tournament since 1977 when Huggins arrived in 1989, and had only made one NIT appearance in that time. They had also had only one winning conference record in the previous 12 years.

After being relegated to the NIT his first two years, Huggins would take the Bearcats to the Final Four in his third season—the first of 14 straight NCAA tournament appearances.

Huggins compiled a 399–127 record (.759) in his 16 years at Cincinnati, making him the winningest coach in terms of victories and percentage in the school's basketball history. Huggins directed Cincinnati to ten conference regular-season titles and eight league tournament titles. The Bearcats appeared in post-season play in each of Huggins' 16 seasons. Besides the aforementioned Final Four appearance in 1992, they advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament two other times, in 1993 and 1996.

Huggins earned the Ray Meyer Award as the Conference USA Coach of the Year a record three times (1997–98, 1998–99, and 1999–2000), and was a unanimous choice for C-USA Coach of the Decade. He was selected national coach of the year by ESPN.com in 2001–02. His teams won five consecutive conference tournament titles—all four Great Midwest Conference titles from 1992 to 1995 and the first Conference USA tournament in 1996. He was named co-national coach of the year by The Sporting News and was Basketball Times' national coach of the year in 1997–98. He earned national coach of the year recognition from Hoop Scoop in 1991–92 and Playboy in 1992–93.

During this time the program also gained a reputation for a rough style of play and academic under-performance. Huggins routinely graduated only 30 percent of his players in 16 years, compared with half of non-athletes at UC. Several of his players were also arrested and convicted on criminal charges.[7] The program was placed on probation in 1998 for a lack of institutional control.

During his tenure, Huggins coached three consensus All-Americans-Danny Fortson, Kenyon Martin (the consensus player of the year in 1999–2000) and Steve Logan.

He often developed young and inexperienced teams, with as many as three freshmen starters, into championship squads. For example, Huggins surprised some astute college basketball followers in 1997–98 by directing a team which had only one returning starter to a 27–6 record, the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles, a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and a Top-10 finish in the polls. The team was then upset by West Virginia in the tournament. Huggins' 2001–02 team, unranked when the season began, posted a 31–4 record, setting a school record for wins, made a clean sweep of the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles, and was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, where they lost in double overtime to No 8 seed UCLA in the second round. In 2002–03, Huggins suffered a major heart attack on the last Saturday of September, but was present for the team's first practice two weeks later and coached the Bearcats with the same intensity that has become his trademark. Not surprisingly given the season's rocky start, the team qualified for the NCAA tournament only as an 8 seed, and were ousted in the first round by Gonzaga.

The 2003–04 season was business as usual for Huggins, who piloted the Bearcats to regular-season and tournament titles, and an NCAA tournament berth while amassing a 25–7 record. Despite a favorable draw — the team was sent to nearby Columbus for the first two rounds of the tournament — the Bearcats were mauled by the Illinois Fighting Illini in the second round, losing by 24 points. The 2004–05 Bearcats posted a 25–8 ledger, the ninth season in the previous 10 that the Bearcats had won at least 25 games. They received only a 7 seed in the tournament, however, and gave eventual Elite Eight participant Kentucky a spirited game before falling in the second round at the RCA Dome in nearby Indianapolis.

Resignation[edit]

On August 23, 2005, UC President Nancy L. Zimpher gave Huggins an ultimatum: resign and take a $3 million buyout or be reassigned outside the athletic department for the balance of his contract. Had Huggins not responded within 24 hours, he would have been fired.[8][9] Huggins had told the press he didn't even know about the ultimatum until numerous reporters called him in Las Vegas, however, multiple correspondence between UC and Huggins' attorney show that not only had the parties been negotiating his termination, Huggins knew weeks in advance his termination was potentially imminent.[8][10] He ultimately agreed to accept the $3 million buyout.[11]

Zimpher said that the Bearcat program under Huggins didn't fit with her plan to upgrade UC's academic reputation.[12] However, she'd been seriously considering ousting Huggins since he was arrested for driving under the influence in 2004.[7] He ultimately pleaded no contest to DUI.[13]

According to The Wall Street Journal, Zimpher was particularly upset that news of the arrest broke on the morning of her first graduation as UC's president, at which Coretta Scott King was due to be the speaker. Huggins didn't help his image with Zimpher when an assistant coach, two players and a recruit were arrested in the spring of 2005.[7]

At the time, Huggins' contract had a rollover clause which added a year every summer. Zimpher revoked that clause on June 11, 2004 after his no-contest plea, but allowed Huggins to return for the 2004–05 basketball season. On May 11, 2005, he was given the option of leaving or finishing the last two years remaining on his contract. In a May 16, 2005 press conference, Huggins announced that he was staying until his contract expired on June 30, 2007, thus agreeing to the terms originally offered to him by UC.

Huggins was replaced by assistant head coach Andy Kennedy.

Kansas State[edit]

After spending a year out of the coaching profession, on March 23, 2006, Huggins accepted the head coaching job at Kansas State University,[14] replacing the fired Jim Wooldridge. The Wildcats had not been to the NCAA tournament since the 1995-1996 campaign and had not had a conference record better than 7–9 since the Big 12 Conference was formed in 1996. The previous three Kansas State basketball coaches (Dana Altman, Tom Asbury, and Wooldrige) had combined for a 236–232 (.504) record, while in that same period Huggins went 379–113 (.770) at Cincinnati. Frank Martin also left Cincinnati and joined Huggins' staff at K-State.

Immediate buzz[edit]

From his introductory news conference,[15] Huggins got the momentum in Manhattan rolling with a quote of "Why settle for 2nd when 1st is available?" For the first time in the 12,580-seat Bramlage Coliseum history, all season ticket packages were sold out as season ticket sales went from 6,500 in 2005–06 to 12,580 for Huggins' inaugural year at Kansas State and Manhattan's Aggieville district even temporarily changed its name, with banners and the iconic Varney's sign reading "Welcome To Huggieville."

Recruiting[edit]

During his first year at Kansas State, Huggins had no trouble recruiting top players. In fact, Huggins chose his staff at Kansas State to help him recruit some of the best prep players in America.[16] Before arriving at Kansas State, many knew Huggins could attract top college basketball prep stars.[17] Some of his prep targets included consensus top 10 players in O. J. Mayo, Bill Walker, as well as consensus top 100 recruits such as Herb Pope, Ramar Smith, and Jason Bennett. While Mayo, Pope, and Smith all ended up at other schools, Huggins was able to bring in Bennett for the 2006–07 season and Walker—initially slated to join the team for the 2007–08 season, managed to graduate from North College Hill High School early to participate in time for the spring semester. Huggins hired Brad Underwood, a 1986 Kansas State graduate, as Director of Basketball Operations. Underwood's hiring was essential in landing 4-star[18] shooting guard Blake Young, as he was Young's coach at Daytona Beach Community College. Assistant coach Frank Martin was the first assistant coach Huggins hired when he arrived at Kansas State. Martin, a Florida International graduate and assistant under Huggins when he was at Cincinnati, played a key role in landing top recruits from Florida. For example, Luis Colon, a 6'10" forward out of Miami, Florida, was lured to Kansas State largely as a result of the recruiting efforts of Martin. In all, Huggins' first recruiting class at Kansas State included Bennett, Colon, Young, and Jermaine Maybank, a fifth-year senior from St. Johns University.

Huggins' second recruiting class was rated even better. The hiring of former North Carolina-Charlotte graduate Dalonte Hill was a key factor in landing consensus top 5 player[19]Michael Beasley out of the Washington, D.C. area. Beasley, a famed UNC-Charlotte commit where Hill coached before Huggins hired him, switched his college choice to Kansas State soon after Hill was hired by Huggins. Other recruits in the 2007 class included Walker, Dominique Sutton—a 6'4" swingman out of Durham, North Carolina--Jacob Pullen—a 6'1" point guard from Proviso East High School— and Fred Brown, a 6'2" shooting guard from West Palm Beach, Florida. The 2007 class was so strong that both recruiting services from rivals.com and scout.com rated it the best in the country.[20][21]

2006–07 season[edit]

Huggins's only season at Kansas State was viewed with cautious optimism from the media and fans. Kansas State had returned 4 of their top 5 scorers including 2nd team All-Big 12 Conference member Cartier Martin and Honorable All-Big 12 member David Hoskins. The 2005–06 team had been involved in many close games, going 7–9 in games decided by 5 points or less during the season. The Wildcats were picked to finish as high as 5th in the Big 12,[22] which showed the confidence Huggins's coaching peers had in his abilities. Prior to that season, Kansas State had never finished higher than 7th place in the Big 12. The early part of the season got off to a rocky start as the Wildcats started the year 4–3 which included embarrassing losses to the New Mexico Lobos and California Golden Bears by a combined 54 points. The Wildcats would benefit from the eligibility of Bill Walker and run of six straight wins including a tournament victory in the Las Vegas Holiday Classic. The Wildcats would soon hit another rough patch as they lost three straight games to Xavier, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. Even more damaging was the loss of star freshman Bill Walker when he tore his ACL five minutes into a 69–65 loss to Texas A&M. After the Walker injury, seniors Martin, Lance Harris and Akeem Wright stepped up their game and led Kansas State to a 7-game winning streak which included a win over the ranked Texas Longhorns in Austin that broke a 22-game Texas home winning streak. The 2nd half of Big 12 play saw the Wildcats go 4–4 including a pair of losses to its in-state rival the Kansas Jayhawks. Kansas State ended the Big 12 season in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament losing to Kansas for a third time, but did pick up a crucial 66–45 win over Texas Tech. Despite this win, the Wildcats were left out of the NCAA tournament for the 11th consecutive year. Kansas State felt particularly snubbed due to the fact it was the first major-conference team not to make the NCAA tournament after winning 20 games overall and 10 games in conference. The Wildcats settled on an NIT bid and went 1–1 beating Vermont and losing to DePaul. Kansas State ended the season 23–12 (10–6)--the most victories from a Wildcat team since 1987–1988, a year that saw them lose to the Kansas Jayhawks in the Elite Eight of the 1988 NCAA Tournament.

West Virginia[edit]

2007–08 season[edit]

On April 5, 2007, Huggins announced that he had accepted the position of head coach at his alma mater, West Virginia University. Huggins' former employer Kansas State University offered to match the offer from West Virginia University plus some additional money. The WVU contract has been valued at five million over five years, with an $800,000 base salary in the first year. He has been quoted as saying "There are incredible teams in the Big East and I’m so proud to represent this state and this wonderful University." Coach Huggins succeeded John Beilein who is currently the head coach of the University of Michigan.

Only nine games into the 2007–2008 season, the Mountaineers entered the AP Top 25 poll carrying a #24 ranking with an 8–1 record. On December 22, 2007 Huggins achieved his 600th victory as a head coach in a road game at Canisius.

The Mountaineers finished the year with an 83–74 overtime victory over St. John's, then opened the Big East Tournament with a 58–53 victory over Providence. In the second round of the tourney, the Mountaineers upset the #15-ranked Connecticut Huskies, 78–72. Joe Alexander contributed with a career-high 34 points and 7 rebounds. The Mountaineers then, however, lost to the #9 Georgetown Hoyas, 55–72, in the tourney semifinals.

The showing by WVU in the Big East tourney propelled them into the West region of the NCAA Tournament as a #7-seed. The Mountaineers defeated Arizona in the first round 75–65 and defeated #2-Seed Duke 73–67 to move into the Sweet Sixteen giving Huggins his first Sweet Sixteen appearance since 2001 when he coached at Cincinnati. In the Sweet 16 matchup against #3-seed Xavier, the Mountaineers rallied from an 18-point deficit early in the game to tie the game 64–64 and send it into overtime. However, the Xavier Musketeers pulled out the victory, 79–75, with two 3-pointers in the last 1:18 of the ballgame. West Virginia finished the season ranked in the top 25 at #17.

At the end of the season, Huggins signed an 11-year contract extension that would keep him coaching at West Virginia until the age of 65. The contract will pay Huggins $1.5 million a year, as opposed to the $800,000 paid to him in his first season at WVU.[23]

2008–09 season[edit]

On May 18, before the season even began, Huggins' finished out his recruiting class with the signing of prep star small forward, Devin Ebanks. The #13-ranked prospect had signed with Indiana before decommitting and looking at Memphis, Texas, Rutgers and WVU. Ebanks was the last addition to the freshman class that included #11-power forward Kevin Jones, #34-power forward Roscoe Davis and #26-point guard Darryl Bryant.[24]

West Virginia began the 2008–09 season projected to finish 9th in the Big East under Huggins. However, they began the season 4–0, led by senior Alex Ruoff, junior Da'Sean Butler and a freshman class highlighted by Devin Ebanks and Darryl Bryant. They lost the Las Vegas Invitational Tournament Championship Game to Kentucky 54–43, but then bounced back with two wins to move to 6–1. However, they lost a last-second game to #22 Davidson and Stephen Curry in Madison Square Garden, 68–65.

Following the loss, WVU posted five straight victories; ending at the beginning of 2009. This streak included a 76–48 win over #13 Ohio State in Columbus, snapping the Buckeyes' nation-long 14-game win streak and handing OSU their biggest home loss since 1998.[25] However, the streak ended in a 61–55 loss to #5 Connecticut which was followed by a 75–53 loss to #15 Marquette. The Mountaineers bounced back with a three-game win streak that included a 75–58 victory over #14 Georgetown in D.C. However, the streak ended in the 79–67 loss to #4 Pittsburgh in the Backyard Brawl. WVU defeated St. John's, but then lost to #7 Louisville and #20 Syracuse back-to-back. The Mountaineers ended the losing streak with an 86–59 win over Providence, but then lost to #4 Pitt for the second time.

West Virginia followed the loss to Pitt with a 93–72 victory over #13 Villanova, featuring Da'Sean Butler's career-high 43 point performance.[26] The Mountaineers then defeated Notre Dame men's basketball and Rutgers before losing to Cincinnati 70–59 in Huggins' return to Cincinnati. The Mountaineers bounced back with consecutive wins against USF and DePaul, but lost to #6 Louisville 62–59 in Morgantown while hosting College GameDay.

West Virginia earned a first round bye in the Big East Tournament, and opened the second round of play with a 74–62 victory over Notre Dame. In the quarterfinals round, West Virginia defeated #2 Pittsburgh 74–60, but lost to Syracuse in overtime 74–69. Syracuse was fresh off the heels of a six overtime victory against Connecticut, the longest game in Big East history. WVU earned a #6 seed in the NCAA tournament and played their first-round game against the #11 seed Dayton Flyers.[27] The season ended with a 68–60 loss to the Flyers.

2009–10 season[edit]

West Virginia had a banner year, winning a school-record 31 games. WVU won the early season 76 Classic, defeating Long Beach State in the quarterfinals, Texas A&M in the semi-finals, and Portland in the championship round. The Mountaineers defeated seven NCAA Tournament teams throughout the season, including out-of-conference victories over aforementioned Texas A&M and Ohio State. Huggins' Mountaineers split the annual Backyard Brawl with Pitt, with each team winning on their home court. WVU finished the regular season with a 24–6 (13–5) record, good for second in the Big East, behind Syracuse. This represents WVU's highest regular season finish in their Big East tenure. The Mountaineers received a double-bye into the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament. WVU subsequently defeated Cincinnati, Notre Dame in the semi-finals, and the Georgetown Hoyas in the championship game to win their first Big East Tournament title.

WVU received a #2 seed (their highest ever) in the NCAA Tournament in the East Region. Huggins' squad defeated #15 seed Morgan State in their First Round match-up, #10 seed Missouri in the second round, and the #11 seed Washington Huskies in the Sweet 16 round. This set the stage for an Elite Eight match-up between the Mountaineers and the #1 seed Kentucky Wildcats, coached by Huggins' long-time friend, John Calipari. In a hard-fought, back-and-forth contest, WVU ultimately persevered in a 73–66 victory which sent the Mountaineers to their second Final Four in school history.

On April 3, 2010, Duke, the #1 seed from the South and the Mountaineers, squared off in the second of the Final Four games. Duke showed its full potential in the game, hitting 52.7 percent of its shots (and 52 percent of its three-pointers) while shredding West Virginia's 1–3–1 zone trap. Duke led 39–31 at the half and maintained its red-hot shooting in the second half.

After WVU lost star forward Da'Sean Butler, a Wooden award finalist, to a devistating knee injury, the defining play of the game came when Nolan Smith missed a contested, fast-break layup, but Kyle Singler and Miles Plumlee combined to slam home the rebound to give Duke a 14-point lead.

The most memorable moment of the game happened in the second half. Huggins' love for his players was on full display as he cradled the despondent Butler as he lay writhing in pain on the floor before a national audience. Huggins calmed his star and showed the care that those who know him regularly see. It is this love for his players that explains their fierce loyalty to Huggins, and defies the false narrative of him by opposing fans and the media alike of him being a "black hat" coach.

Despite the Final Four loss, WVU finished their season with a 31–7 record, and ranked #3 in the final Coaches' Poll, and #6 in the AP Poll.

2011–12 season[edit]

On December 22, 2011, Huggins reached his 700th career victory by defeating Missouri State, making him one of 4 active coaches in Division I college basketball to have earned more than 700 wins.

2014–15 season[edit]

Following two disappointing seasons, one of which saw WVU make no postseason at all and then lose in the first round of the NIT, Huggins and the Mountaineers bounced back in 2014–15, making the Sweet Sixteen before bowing out to Kentucky, who was the #1 overall seed and undefeated at the time.

2015–16 season[edit]

West Virginia enjoyed a very successful season, following their Sweet Sixteen appearance the year prior. The team got off to a 15–1 start, including a 4–0 mark in the Big 12 and climbed as high as #6 in the AP Poll following a win over #1 Kansas. The Mountaineers were ranked for the final 16 weeks in the AP poll.

The Mountaineers finished runner-up to the Jayhawks in the Big 12 and made it to the Big 12 Tournament championship game before losing to KU.

In the NCAA Tournament, West Virginia was awarded a 3 seed, but its stay was short-lived as the 14th seeded Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks knocked them off in the first round.

Recruiting success[edit]

Huggins' 2007–2008 recruiting class at West Virginia featured Devin Ebanks, Kevin Jones, and Darryl "Truck" Bryant, who all contributed for the 2008–2009 season as true freshmen.[24] Scout.com reported that Huggins succeeded in recruiting four of the nation's Top 100 players for the 2008–2009 season.[24]

Talent development[edit]

He took his 1991-1992 Cincinnati squad (with two future NBA players but others that failed to get to the professional level) into the Final Four and narrowly lost to a Michigan squad that featured the Fab Five, five highly talented freshmen starters, four of whom would later play in the NBA.

His 2009-2010 WVU Mountaineers squad had some players who had been recruited by John Beilein (who had left to coach at Michigan) as well as some Junior college transfers and young recruits. Of this squad only Kevin Jones has played in the NBA while a few others have had some success playing in Europe or the development leagues. Yet this group had 31 wins, including the Big East Tournament Championionship and a trip to the Final Four. In the process they beat several ranked teams including a Kentucky team loaded with future NBA players (some of whom have made the NBA All-Star team).[28]

In his time as coach of WVU, Bob Huggins had only a few four-star recruits and yet has helped his (underrated) athletes achieve memorable wins and successful seasons. These players have posted wins over 39 ranked teams, including 14 in the top 10 and three over the #1 ranked team (AP Poll). His West Virginia teams have reached the Sweet Sixteen four times. The last three teams (2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17) have had at least 25 wins each season and have been ranked 53 of 56 weeks during that time.[29] His only five-star recruit so far has been Devin Ebanks.[30] While Kevin Jones[31], Jabarie Hinds[32], Elijah Macon, Devin Williams[33], and Esa Ahmad[34] have been his only four-star recruits (as of March 2017). Other four-star recruits over the years did not play any games for WVU while Jabarie Hinds transferred out of the program after two years.[35][better source needed] The rest of the teams from Huggins' tenure have been composed of three-star or lower rated players.

Some of the athletes considered for talent development are as follows.

Joe Alexander was a three star recruit and played limited minutes during his freshman year under Coach John Beilein. [36] He started every game his sophomore year but only averaged 25 minutes. [37] Under Coach Huggins and the strength training that Huggins emphasizes, Alexander was able to start 34 games and average 31.6 minutes, 16.9 points and 6.4 rebounds. [38] Alexander attributes his endurance to Huggins program. [39] He was selects 8th overall in the NBA draft later that year and considered the best athlete on paper. [40]

Nathan Adrian (class of 2017) was only a three star recruit but under Huggins' tutelage he developed into one of the most tenacious defenders of the Big 12. He played a total of 140 games for West Virginia Men's basketball. Although injured much of his senior year, he still managed to obtain 9.6 points per game and he led the team in rebounding at 6 per game. With his efforts he was picked to the 3rd team All-Big 12 as well as All-Big 12 Defensive Team.[41]

Jevon Carter was not recruited by any major program. Under Huggins' guidance he has become one of the best players in college basketball. In 2016-2017, he led the team in scoring with 13.5 points per game and also led the team in steals with 92. He has been named to the Big 12 Defensive team three years in a row (as of March 2017) and was named to the All-Big 12 2nd team. In 2016-2017, he was also named as the NABC Defensive Player of the Year as well as the Lefty Dreisell Defensive Player of the Year.[42] In his senior year, Carter was once again named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and was placed on the Big-12 All-Defensive Team. He is just the 3rd player from any major conference basketball team to be placed on an All Defensive Team for four years. [43] Jevon Carter also earned Sporting News Second Team All-American. And he made All Big-12 First Team honors for a second year as well as being listed as a finalist for the Bob Cousy Point Guard Award, the John R. Wooden Award, the Senior CLASS Award, and the Arthur Ashe Jr Male Athlete of the Year award. [44]

Also in 2016-2017, Tarik Phillip, a Junior College transfer, won Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year honors.[45]

Sagaba Konate was not recruited by any major program out of high school. In his second year playing for Bob Huggins he was placed on the All Big-12 Third Team and the Big 12 All-Defensive Team. [46] His 53 blocks set a record for a Freshman and he more than doubled that his Sophomore year. [47]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Walsh Cavaliers (Mid-Ohio Conference) (1980–1983)
1980–81 Walsh 14–16 9–5 3rd or 4th
1981–82 Walsh 23–9 11–3 1st NAIA District 22 First Round
1982–83 Walsh 34–1 14–0 1st NAIA District 22 Champion/NAIA First Round
Walsh: 71–26 (.732)
Akron Zips (Ohio Valley Conference) (1984–1987)
1984–85 Akron 12–14 6–8 6th
1985–86 Akron 22–8 10–4 T–1st NCAA Division I Round of 64
1986–87 Akron 21–9 9–5 2nd
Akron Zips (NCAA Division I independent) (1987–1989)
1987–88 Akron 21–7
1988–89 Akron 21–8
Akron: 97–46 (.678) 25–17 (.595)
Cincinnati Bearcats (Metro Conference) (1989–1991)
1989–90 Cincinnati 20–14 9–5 2nd NIT Second Round
1990–91 Cincinnati 18–12 8–6 3rd NIT Second Round
Cincinnati Bearcats (Great Midwest Conference) (1991–1995)
1991–92 Cincinnati 29–5 8–2 T–1st NCAA Division I Final Four
1992–93 Cincinnati 27–5 8–2 1st NCAA Division I Elite Eight
1993–94 Cincinnati 22–10 7–5 4th NCAA Division I Round of 64
1994–95 Cincinnati 23–11 7–5 3rd NCAA Division I Round of 32
Cincinnati Bearcats (Conference USA) (1995–2005)
1995–96 Cincinnati 28–5 11–3 1st NCAA Division I Elite Eight
1996–97 Cincinnati 26–8 14–2 1st NCAA Division I Round of 32
1997–98 Cincinnati 27–6 12–4 1st NCAA Division I Round of 32
1998–99 Cincinnati 27–6 12–4 1st (American) NCAA Division I Round of 32
1999–00 Cincinnati 29–4 16–0 1st (American) NCAA Division I Round of 32
2000–01 Cincinnati 25–10 11–5 1st (American) NCAA Division I Sweet 16
2001–02 Cincinnati 31–4 14–2 1st (American) NCAA Division I Round of 32
2002–03 Cincinnati 17–12 9–7 T–4th NCAA Division I Round of 64
2003–04 Cincinnati 25–7 12–4 T–1st NCAA Division I Round of 32
2004–05 Cincinnati 25–8 12–4 T–2nd NCAA Division I Round of 32
Cincinnati: 399–127 (.759) 170–60 (.739)
Kansas State Wildcats (Big 12 Conference) (2006–2007)
2006–07 Kansas State 23–12 10–6 4th NIT Second Round
Kansas State: 23–12 (.657) 10–6 (.625)
West Virginia Mountaineers (Big East Conference) (2007–2012)
2007–08 West Virginia 26–11 11–7 T–5th NCAA Division I Sweet 16
2008–09 West Virginia 23–12 10–8 T–7th NCAA Division I Round of 64
2009–10 West Virginia 31–7 13–5 T–2nd NCAA Division I Final Four
2010–11 West Virginia 21–12 11–7 T–6th NCAA Division I Round of 32
2011–12 West Virginia 19–14 9–9 8th NCAA Division I Round of 64
West Virginia Mountaineers (Big 12 Conference) (2012–present)
2012–13 West Virginia 13–19 6–12 8th
2013–14 West Virginia 17–16 9–9 T–6th NIT First Round
2014–15 West Virginia 25–10 11–7 T–3rd NCAA Division I Sweet 16
2015–16 West Virginia 26–9 13–5 2nd NCAA Division I Round of 64
2016–17 West Virginia 28–9 12–6 T–2nd NCAA Division I Sweet 16
2017–18 West Virginia 26–11 11–7 T–2nd NCAA Division I Sweet 16
West Virginia: 255–130 (.662) 116–82 (.586)
Total: 845–341 (.712)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Coaching tree[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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