Last season, Villanova ended West Virginia’s championship hopes and Jevon Carter’s 100th season as a basketball player in the Sweet 16. I think this is the third time I have written about a team that got knocked out by VU in this Soft 16 series. They were kinda good, I guess. Any time I see Bob Huggins lose, it makes me sad, except when they lost to Kentucky (suck it). I am excited to see this team play again. I want them to upset Kansas despite the referees clearly fixing the game. I want them to press the hell out of everyone and cause 30 turnovers per. Above all, I just want college basketball back. And college basketball is back when WVU is back. Let’s take a look at the 2018-2019 West Virginia Mountaineers.
Head Coach: Bob Huggins
Key Returners: Sagaba Konate, Esa Ahmad, Lamont West, James Bolden
Key Additions: Jermaine Haley and Andrew Gordon (JUCO), Derek Culver, Jordan McCabe
Key Losses: Jevon Carter, Daxter Miles
Key Games: @Kansas State, @TCU, Kansas, @Tennessee, @Kansas, Kansas State, TCU
I freaking love Bob Huggins. Ole Huggy Bear just makes me happy. I really have never heard someone say anything negative about him. He created a whole new brand for WVU, Press Virginia. That is so beautiful. I also will never get over how he wears a jumpsuit instead of a suit. Comfort over everything, unless you are trying to bring the ball up the court against him. There will be a little problem with setting the press this year though. He lost two main pieces to that defense. Daxter Miles is in the G-League and I think Jevon Carter retired and is living off social security. He does, however, get to keep his top rebounder and top returning scorer, Sagaba Konate. To make up for the lost shooting, Huggins still has James Bolden, who shot 41% last year from 3. Press Virginia starts off the season very slowly. They don’t play a ranked team until conference play. This may actually be good for them to get some confidence and chemistry after losing such big players.
Prediction: 23-6. I think they will win their matchup with Tennessee in the Big 12/ SEC challenge. Lucky for them, they don’t have to lose to Kentucky in the regular season again (suck it, again). The slow start could come back to bite them though. It could cause some of the younger guys to struggle in the first part of conference play. I want WVU to win the Big 12, but I can’t see anyone dethroning Kansas. Press Virginia takes second in both the Regular Season and Tournament. As for the NCAA Tournament, I like Huggy Bear to take these guys to the second weekend and make it to at least the Sweet 16.