West Virginia Head Coach Bob Huggins Talks Rule Changes

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West Virginia Head Coach Bob Huggins spoke Tuesday at Big-12 Media Day about the impact that the newly unveiled Big-12 rules will have on his team.

“I’m all for offense. I just don’t think you ought to be able to walk out of traps, which hopefully that gets addressed,” said Huggins Wednesday. “I think the only thing that’s a bit alarming to me is we act like there’s never going to be any contact. They’re too big. They’re too strong. They’re too fast and the court is too small for there not to be any contact. So there is going to be.”

Huggins, who has been the head coach of West Virginia since 2007, also addressed the role that officials have on the game in general.

“I wish we could kinda go back, to a degree, of let the guys officiate the game,” said Huggins. “If it has no effect on the play, why call it. But that’s not the direction that we’re headed. We’re going to adjust. We’ve done it for years.”

West Virginia will open the regular season on November 10 in a non-conference game against Texas A&M in the Armed Forces Classis. Huggins with D1Vision on Tuesday about what he thinks the team needs to get done before the start of the season.

“We gotta rebound it better,” said Huggins. “We have to rebound it better, then we just have to get healthy. We’ve been pretty beat up.”

The Mountaineers will also be without junior forward Esa Ahmad for the first half of the season after he was ruled ineligible for the first half of the season after failing to meet NCAA eligibility requirements.

Leading the Mountaineers this year will be senior guard Jevon Carter, who was recently named to the Preseason All-Big 12 First Team earlier this month. He was also recently named to the 2018 Bob Cousy Award Watchlist, recognizing the nation’s top point guard.

“I’m working on just becoming a better leader, being a better point guard, decision-making, passing, and really just everything,” Carter told D1Vision on Wednesday. “As a team, we need to work on rebounding, defending, scoring, passing, taking care of the ball, and everything else.”

Last year at West Virginia, Carter averaged 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 2.5 steals per game, in 37 games played. “I don’t like to say my individual goals,” said Carter. “I just keep them in my head. As a team, we want to win a Big-12 Championship.”

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