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Looking for consistency in hoops? Try Huggs

Posted on: December 27, 2008 7:27 pm

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?

No problem.

A 6-foot-9 wing in the post?

No problem.

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?

Roy Williams?

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.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Apr 2, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 11:23 am

Looking for consistency in hoops? Try Huggs

People seem to want to harp on Roy, and yet even other coaches at 'big name' schools haven't matched his success. The only coach that I can think of that could legitamately claim to be more successful since 2000 is Billy Donovan (with Howland getting close). Coaches at other "big name" schools like Kentucky, Uconn, Michigan St., UCLA, Indiana and Duke haven't been as successful. Since 2000 the man has been to 4 final 4s. Regardless of what school you coach for, that is pretty spectacular.

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2008 4:05 pm

Looking for consistency in hoops? Try Huggs

if i balloon landed on his head do you think it would pop?

Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2008 3:37 pm

Looking for consistency in hoops? Try Huggs

Roy has it easier or did he work hard and hold out until he got a great job?

I like hugs and he's great for the WVU, Cincy, K State, Memphis etc type of programs that will accept almost any player. Recruiting is the #1 job in CBB and Hugs does a great job with choosing schools that allow him to recruit 'his type' of kids....and so did Roy. You can't discredit Roy's success because even the powerhouse schools have had down years.

Accoring to Parrish's argument(wins v losses) Hugs is good, but Roy Williams is king!

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2008 6:09 am

Looking for consistency in hoops? Try Huggs

When was the last time you saw a redneck with teeth as white as Parrish's?

Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2008 2:10 am

Looking for consistency in hoops? Try Huggs

I love college basketball for many reasons. One of them is the fact that you CANNOT make any kind of determination on a team by comparing outcomes. Here's what I mean: West Virginia atomizes Ohio State in Columbus by 28. One of West Virginia's 2 losses is to Kentucky by 11 on a neutral court. Kentucky struggled mightily today to beat Florida Atlantic by 8. I love college basketball!

Since: Dec 12, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2008 1:17 am

Looking for consistency in hoops? Try Huggs

Lute Olson. The best ever. Didn't get any free handouts. Recruited all the best talent away from UCLA and USC. Huggins is a scumbag!!!!!!! Parrish likes Huggins because he's a redneck like Parrish is.

Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2008 12:31 am

Looking for consistency in hoops? Try Huggs

Most coaches at big name schools are overrated. There are few coaches in the country worse than Roy Williams (Amaker comes to mind, that is about it) and others like Coach k and Calipari are ALWAYS outcoached in the NCaa tourney. Bob Huggins can not only recruit, but also, unlike others (Bill Self, Lute is gone, can not knock him, Billy Donovan to name a couple more), he can coach. What is amazing about Huggins is that he takes what he has, and runs stuff, that best suits the players. He took over for Beilein, yet continued running a Beilein themed system, with a little Huggins thrown in. He can coach the pampered AAUers with a pressing run and gun style, or take the less talented and although will never be a Stu Morrill, can run a sophisiticated midmajorish type motion offense.  Huggins is the man.

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2008 9:24 pm

Looking for consistency in hoops? Try Huggs

Yeah, your correct gculv about the championship ring for Calipari, but we are just talking about consistent winning, not rings. I do also agree with you about Boeheim and Izzo being up there in top consistent coaches.

I would admit Gary is right,  the list is shorter then one might think. Rick Barnes has done well consistently for a few years now at Texas. I think if you tried to list top consistent would get real tough after about 8 and the argument would start around 5, like this. Especially if you use active coaches, coach Knight in mind. You never know if he is going to be an active coach or not.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2008 8:55 pm

Looking for consistency in hoops? Try Huggs

Calipari? Does he have a championship ring? Might want to take a closer look at this list. I feel there may be more deserving coaches out there. Boeheim and Izzo come to mind.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2008 8:50 pm

Looking for consistency in hoops? Try Huggs

Now Gary, I hope that this game shows that you had Ohio State rated a bit higher than where they should be. Show my Spartans a little love when you update your poll. If you really think the Buckeyes can hang with Tom and the boys, than you ARE more of an expert than the rest of us.

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