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“I’d never seen him,” he said. “I wanted West Virginia kids; he was a player of the year. So I have another good friend of mine who coached at Marshall, Greg White. I was hesitating a little bit (on taking Elmore) because I hadn’t seen him. I said, ‘Get me film. Let me see him.’ Greg said, ‘We don’t have tape. Take my word for it.’
“He can say I’m afraid all he wants,” Huggins said. “I’ve probably coached 1,116 more games than he has. It’s ridiculous to say something like that. We’re afraid. Yeah, we’re really afraid. It’s crazy, you know? We’ve beaten Duke. Mike [Krzyzewski] is a pretty good coach. Was I afraid? I wasn’t afraid playing Duke. Played [Syracuse’s Jim] Boeheim. We used to play him every year. Great coach. I wasn’t afraid. Why would I be afraid?
“I don’t want to get into the reasons,” Huggins said after his team beat Murray State Friday in the first round 85-68. “They can come to Morgantown anytime they want to play. We would love for them to.”
» Full-length effort required: With all due respect to a spirited Northern Kentucky squad, Middle Tennessee (25-7) is a different animal. Start like it did on Tuesday night, and Louisville (21-13) won’t be trying to come back from a single-digit deficit at halftime.
Boston College became the first ACC school to visit Diddle Arena since No. 4 Louisville scored a 76-67 win on the Toppers’ home floor Dec. 20, 2014.
That meeting with the Cardinals marked the last time that any team from one of college basketball’s top seven conferences, per Ken Pomeroy metrics – ACC, American Athletic, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pacific-12, Southeastern – played at WKU until Tuesday.