Sometimes Bob Huggins has big teams.
Other times his guys are small.
Sometimes he has great shooters.
Other times he has none.
And I guess that's the way it goes when you coach college basketball as long as Huggins has coached college basketball, when you've coached at five different places for nearly three decades. But the one thing you can always count on from a Huggins team -- almost regardless of its parts -- is that a Huggins team won't stink, and a national audience got a reminder of this Saturday when West Virginia trounced Ohio State 76-48.
No Joe Mazzula?
A 6-foot-9 wing in the post?
Those obvious flaws with his roster didn't stop Huggins from putting five guys on the court and completely dismantling the 15th-ranked Buckeyes, and that might be why he has produced 22 winning records in 23 seasons as a Division I head coach while winning at least 20 games in 20 of those years. So yeah, people can joke about the way his tenure at Cincinnati ended, about his record of questionable recruits, or about his teams' tendency to lose in the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. But in terms of strictly winning and losing, how many coaches over the past 25 years have been as good and steady as Huggins has been?
Mike Krzyzewski and/or Jim Calhoun?
We can argue the length of the list and the names on it at a later date, if you want. But I assure you, the list is shorter than most think (Krzyzewski has four career losing seasons compared to Huggins' one, by the way), and this blowout win at Ohio State only highlighted the point in grand fashion, that when it comes to consistently winning college basketball games there aren't many better than the man coaching West Virginia.