Bob Huggins has a long association with West Virginia, and the Mountaineers’ basketball Twitter account celebrated one of Huggins’ playing milestones on Wednesday.
Huggins and his Mountaineers are coming off snapping a seven-game losing streak after Tuesday’s 79-63 win over Iowa State. The win was the Mountaineers’ 14th of the season and was Huggins’ 913rd career win.
Taz Sherman had six assists in his return to play after missing a game due to a concussion. But even he couldn’t match Huggins’ career high of seven assists on this day 45 years ago. And, there’s photographic evidence.
Huggins is long associated with WVU, even though he started his collegiate playing career at Ohio University. He played for the Bobcats for one season and then transferred to WVU, where he played point guard under then-head coach Joedy Gardner. Huggins averaged 13.2 points his senior year and scored 800 points for his Mountaineers career as a player. During his senior year he was also named the team’s most valuable player as he averaged nearly four assists per game and helped the Mountaineers to 18 wins, their most in nearly decade.
After he received his bachelor’s degree, he stuck around as a graduate assistant under Gardner so he could complete a master’s degree.
Huggins is waiting to find out if he’ll be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He is on the list once again this season. He is one of just four active Division I coaches with more than 900 victories.
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