Bob Huggins tied Bobby Knight with 902 career wins after his West Virginia Mountaineers defeat the Pitt Panthers, 74-59, Friday night in the Backyard Brawl.
With the win, Huggins is now tied for fifth all-time among Division I men’s basketball coaches with at least 600 wins at the Division I level.
Knight coached at Army, Indiana and Texas Tech during his long career, winning three national championships with the Hoosiers and going 902-371 by the end of his Hall-of-Fame career.
Huggins is now 902-328. Before taking over at West Virginia, Huggins coached at Division III Walsh College, Akron, Cincinnati and Kansas State.
The Mountaineers defeated Oakland, 60-53, to give Huggins win No. 901. Huggins won his 900th career game when the Mountaineers defeated Morehead State in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament. That made him the sixth coach to win at least 900 career games at the Division I level.
If the Mountaineers defeat Elon in the Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic on Nov. 18, he would pass Knight and tie Roy Williams, who retired as North Carolina’s head coach last spring. Williams won 903 games with the Tar Heels and, before that, with the Kansas Jayhawks.
Passing Knight and Williams would leave just three Division I coaches in front of Huggins — Jim Calhoun, who now coaches at Division III St. Joseph’s in Connecticut, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who is No. 1 on the all-time list and is retiring at season’s end.
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