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Friday, December 21, 2012

Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins sharing Greg Kampe’s scheduling philosophy

Bob Huggins: A man of comfort
If you watched Wednesday’s ESPNU broadcast of the Oakland-West Virginia tilt, you may have seen a graphic that referenced the Mountaineers’ 31,000-mile season itinerary. The figure, actually 31,128 miles, is not unlike that of Oakland, which rolled over the 10,000-mile mark prior to the Nov. 26 game against Tennessee.
“He didn’t steal anything from me,” Kampe joked about longtime colleague and West Virginia coach Bob Huggins. “He probably thought he had a young team this year and he’s trying to toughen them up. I’m sure this is probably not what their normal schedule looks like.”
The Mountaineers logged nearly 5,000 miles in a trip to Gonzaga (which Oakland plays next season, Kampe recently revealed), but have logged decidedly fewer miles than the Golden Grizzlies so far this season.  
At just over 7,500 miles, the Mountaineers don’t have another trip scheduled until Jan. 5.
One place Huggins’ teams (Cincinnati and West Virginia) have never traveled is the O’rena, but Kampe is OK with that. He said Huggins has, since Oakland moved to Division I, always been interested in hosting the Golden Grizzlies.
“He’s never said no,” Kampe said. “And there’s a lot of people that would. We have a friendship through that.”
Kampe and Huggins also share similar mindsets on wardrobe philosophy. Huggins ditched his sport coat at halftime Wednesday, opting for the more comfortable WVU pullover. Kampe said he would have made a similar change if he knew the option was available.
“If I had known he was going to lose the coat at the half, I would have done it, too,” Kampe joked.

Darth Bader steals the show
The talk of the ESPNU broadcast was Oakland’s Travis Bader, who led all scorers with 25 points on 6-of-12 3-point shooting.
The broadcast was very Oakland heavy, much more than a typical national broadcast of an Oakland game. Kampe credited Oakland’s past successes and even holding a late lead at Pittsburgh as the impetus, adding that Bader deserves all the attention he gets.
Bader still leads the nation with 48 3-pointers made. He has made six or more 3s in four games this season.
Early in the non-conference schedule, Kampe was frustrated with the tactics teams were taking to hold Bader in check. He said the long-distance prodigy has adjusted to the increased attention paid to him by defenders.
“He’s used to taking hits and coming off screens,” Kampe said. “He gets it every night.”
Duke Mondy near triple-double
Guard Duke Mondy filled up the stat sheet Wednesday at West Virginia, scoring 10 points to go with nine rebounds and eight assists.
Since being moved off the ball seven games ago, shooting guard Duke Mondy has made great strides with ball control. He has 36 assists to 16 turnovers in that stretch, but his five turnovers at West Virginia were not easily overlooked by his coach.
“He has to learn to let the offense take over,” Kampe said of Mondy during a nearly four-minute stretch in the second half where the Grizzlies were forced to sit Bader after he picked up his fourth foul.


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