Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Kevin Jones (pictured above) is your typical "Huggins Guy" and will very likely be a lottery pick at the NBA Draft in June.
By Josh Kramer
Bob Huggins is known for three things by the American public. Winning, toughness, and of course drinking. Huggins established himself as one of the elite coaches in America during his sixteen year tenure in Cincinnati. During that time, Huggins won an astounding 399 games (average of 25 a year), went to three Elite Eights, and of course earned UC their first trip to the Final Four in nearly 30 years. In addition, Huggins lived and breathed toughness. This was reflected in how his players approached every game.
Many in Cincinnati grew to love the man often referred to as “Huggy Bear.” They loved his very casual dress, his temper-tantrums, and of course the fact that he won. And not only did the fans worship Huggins, but so did his players. Bob Huggins may not be the best X’s and O’s guy. He also may not be the best recruiter in the country. But I can safely say that Bob Huggins is the best coach in America at getting the optimum effort level out of his players on a nightly basis. There will never be questions about effort and backbone when talking about a player on a Bob Huggins team. Huggins developed players to fit his system. A good few of these guys are commonly referred to as “Huggins Guys.” I am talking about players like Kenyon Martin, Jason Maxiel, Eric Hicks, and I could go on in terms of Cincinnati. From a West Virginia standpoint, I am referring to guys like Joe Alexander, Da’Sean Butler, and this list will continue to grow in time.
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Posted in NCAA Basketball
Tagged Big East, Bob Huggins, Cincinnati Bearcats, Da'Sean Butler, Eric Hicks, Jason Maxiel, Joe Alexander, John Calipari, Kenyon Martin, Kevin Jones, NBA, Thad Matta, West Virginia Mountaineers
I am not sure how Florida Coach Billy Donovan (pictured above) and the Gators received a number 2 seed. But you can count on the Southeast Region to be a wild one.
It is an extreme chore not to focus all of my attention on the NCAA Tournament. And I will admit, the majority of my thought over the past 24 hours has been focused on the Madness. How should I fill out my bracket? Will it be an upset city marathon like last year? Or will all the parity hype just be for not? Well there is one thing I do know. The Southeast Region will by far be the most unpredictable. Since viewing the Selection Show on Sunday, I was utterly shocked at the way this region came out. Continue reading
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