KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bob Huggins made a brief appearance in the Big 12 Conference quarterfinals as he was ejected with 9:59 left to play in the first half.
Huggins and the Mountaineers were already down 19-4 to the Kansas Jayhawks when it went down. First, West Virginia guard Taz Sherman was called for a technical foul.
Then, after that, Huggins went to argue the call with the officiating crew and drew two technical fouls, which led to his ejection from the game.
Here’s the video.
Kansas ended up shooting six free throws due to the technical fouls.
There was also video of Huggins saying “We have no chance” as he walked off the floor.
He spent a couple more minutes arguing with the officials before he left the floor to a standing ovation, naturally, from the West Virginia fans.
Huggins had a short comment about the ejection after the game.
“I’m going to stand up for my guys,” Huggins said. “I’ve never not done that. So, it is what it is.”
The Mountaineers were coming off a 73-67 win over Kansas State on Wednesday night. That ended up advancing the Mountaineers to Thursday’s game. It also ended up being the last game of Bruce Weber’s Kansas State career, as the head coach announced his resignation on Thursday morning.
Huggins, who is a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for the first time this year, was in a somewhat joking mood after the win, as he even tried to explain to the media why Kansas should fire Jayhawks head coach Bill Self.
But, instead, it was Huggins who hit the showers early on Thursday as his Mountaineers tried to shock the Big 12 basketball community and upset the Jayhawks. Entering the under-8 time out of the first half, Kansas had a 31-11 lead on West Virginia.
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