Bob Huggins is faced with a Hobson's Choice. Does he try to fix the basketball issues his team is struggling with, or does he address the lack of consistent effort that his team has shown during practices and games this year? The veteran coach has no doubt that he can do both, but the problem is that he doesn't have the time to do both simultaneously.
"I can [coach effort] but then I can't coach basketball," Huggins said prior to his team's final practice before hosting undefeated Cleveland State on Saturday. "I can't do both at the same time. That's been our issue. I can get effort, but then I can't fix the things we need to fix. A year ago I didn't have to coach effort."
Huggins didn't share any plans for changing his starting lineup, but reiterated that his search continues for "six or seven or eight guys" that will give good effort consistently. Once he finds that, he can concentrate on coaching basketball -- but that search is still a work in progress.
In this interview, Huggins discusses West Virginia's shortcomings, and also provides a preview of what to expect from Cleveland State, which brings a balanced, experienced lineup to the Coliseum.