Head coach Bob Huggins had a nightmare of a season for the West Virginia Mountaineers last year–one of his worst yet. Hopefully the Mountaineers can be much better in the 2013-14 college basketball season, but let’s take a look at their toughest non-conference schedule game in the upcoming season.
West Virginia’s toughest out-of-conference schedule game will likely be played against the Missouri Tigers.
Missouri will without a doubt be losing a bunch of talent. Its best player will no longer be on the team in Phil Pressey. With that said, Jabari Brown and Earnest Ross will be back. Brown averaged 13.7 points per game last season and Ross put up 10.3 points per game and five boards per game.
Both players will have to step up to say the least, but the Tigers really do have a talented team. They disappointed last season and could be a disappointment in the upcoming one, but there is still enough talent on this team for it to compete in the SEC.
With that said, West Virginia will also play Gonzaga and Purdue on the year. The Bulldogs could be the toughest game on the Mountaineers’ schedule, but they will be losing their best player in Kelly Olynyk. Olynyk was not only the best player on the team, he was one of the best players in college hoops.
Regardless, West Virginia will be challenged in its non-conference schedule. This could be a very good thing if the team can have a huge improvement in the 2013-14 season. However, it is important to note that Huggins’ team did have an overall record of 13-19 and a Big 12 record of 6-12.