Huggins not among Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2021 finalists

Bob Huggins, who enters this week's Big 12 Tournament one victory shy of 900 career wins as a head coach, was not among nine players and five coaches announced Tuesday as finalists for consideration for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2021.

Huggins - in his 14th season as the West Virginia Mountaineers' head coach - ranks eighth in wins among coaches at Div. I programs with 828. His total of 899 as a head coach includes his wins at NAIA Walsh from 1980 to 1983.

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins reacts to a call in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, in Lawrence, Kan. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

In 16 seasons as head coach of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, Huggins' record was 399–127. The Bearcats reached the Elite Eight three times under Huggins in the 1990s and the Final Four once (1991-92).

Huggins' name was on the ballot of eligible candidates announced in December - the fourth consecutive year Huggins has been on the Hall of Fame's ballot.

Last week, Huggins was one of 10 men's basketball Naismith Men's Coach of the Year semifinalists announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Four finalists for the award will be named March 17. The winner will be announced April 4.

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