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Huggins doesn’t expect this Baylor game to be so technical

Created on:   Mon, Mar 5, 2018   8:41 PM

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MORGANTOWN — Terry Matson and Sagaba Konate’s weren’t exchanging cell phone numbers when they went chest to chest.

Esa Ahmad and Nuni Omot weren’t discussing current events, either.

The last time the WVU men’s basketball team faced Baylor — a 71-60 WVU win, on Feb. 20 — it became an affair of the whistles.

Matson and Konate going face-to-face drew one double technical, while Omot’s and Ahmad’s talking back and forth at the free throw line drew another.

For good measure, Baylor head coach Scott Drew picked up one, too.

The impressive part: All of them came in just a three-minute span in the second half.

Seemingly, WVU head coach Bob Huggins was the only one who didn’t receive a technical foul — and he had been ejected three nights earlier, in a loss at Kansas.

The 18th-ranked Mountaineers (22-9) will face Baylor (18-13), at 9 p.m. Thursday, in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.

Expect any of those heated moments from the last game against the Bears to carry over?

“No, I don’t,” Huggins said Monday, during the Big 12 media call. “I didn’t think it was anything, really. It was just two teams playing hard is what it was.

“We were struggling a little bit at that time and they were struggling a little bit. It was two teams wanting to win.”

Outside of the technical fouls, WVU and Baylor combined for 41 more personal fouls and Omot and WVU forward Wes Harris both fouled out.

WVU went 18 of 22 from the foul line against the Bears just one game after attempting only two free throws in a loss to Kansas, which prompted some harsh feedback by Huggins, who was later reprimanded by the Big 12 for violating the conference’s sportsmanship rule.

The referees from that Baylor game “must not have been flying out of Waco. They must have been staying the night, because they missed whatever flight they had,” Huggins said after the game. “I’m having a hard time figuring out what it is. Somehow we need to get a little more universal and consistent.”


It was another good day for WVU point guard Jevon Carter.

A day after earning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors and being named all-Big 12 first team, he was named a second-team All-American by the Sporting News and became a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award.

Carter leads WVU in scoring (17.0 ppg), assists (6.5 apg) and steals (89) and is the first player from a Power 5 conference to register 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals in a career.

The Bob Cousy Award goes annually to the nation’s top point guard. Carter is one of five finalists, along with Kansas’ Devonte' Graham, North Carolina’s Joel Barry II), Oklahoma’s Trae Young and Jalen Brunson of Villanova.

The Associated Press’ all-Bg 12 team will be announced on March 6 and Carter is expected to be named first team.


This will be the first time since 2013 — WVU’s first season in the Big 12 — the Mountaineers will be entering the conference tournament coming off a loss.

The Mountaineers have been outrebounded in three of their last four games. Baylor held a 39-35 edge in their last meeting.

WVU’s opponents are averaging 34.6 rebounds per game, the most against WVU since the 2013-’14 NIT season, when opponents grabbed 36.2 boards per game.