MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Just a friendly reminder for anyone who thought otherwise: There is no "elite" team in the country this season.
Tuesday night in Morgantown was further evidence, as the deepest and maybe most talented team in the country (from 1 to 13) was dominated from start to finish by a group that probably won't wind up boasting a single NBA player on its roster.
West Virginia 74, Kansas 63; and it wasn't even that close.
Top-ranked Kansas turned the ball over 22 times against Press Virginia and will almost certainly cough up the No. 1 ranking after only one week.
It was KU's second setback of the season, but this one was vastly different than the first. That one took place in Chicago against Michigan State in a game the Jayhawks controlled until late in the second half before Denzel Valentine took over.
Huggins doesn't get enough props: Let's start the Bob Huggins to the Hall of Fame movement. Now.
The guy won his 780th game Tuesday night, which checks in at third among active coaches behind Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and Syracuse's Jim Boeheim.
He has gone to the NCAA tournament 21 times, been to the Final Four twice and the Elite Eight four times.
Even he shook his head in amazement when told this team was on the verge of cracking the top 10. The Mountaineers are ranked 11th now, are the lone unbeaten team in the Big 12 and will face Oklahoma Saturday in Norman.
Remember, this is a program that was nationally irrelevant not all that long ago. The Mountaineers were 13-19 in 2012-13 and went to the NIT the following season with a 17-16 mark.
Huggins won't crush either player, but he has made it clear that their departures were the best thing for the program.
Now he has a group that plays "we" basketball instead of "me" basketball. They defend, rebound, play together and play the way Huggins' Cincinnati teams used to play -- sans the potential NBA talent.
Ellis still Mr. Reliable, but KU lacks a true star: I want to believe Wayne Selden is Kansas' best player and has become a reliable scorer. He has been terrific this season, averaging 15.5 points per game and shooting 53 percent from the field and 51 percent from beyond the arc.
But he was invisible for the better part of this game -- except for a trio of fairly uncontested 3-pointers and a late basket.
Mason, whom I put on my All-American third team last week, also struggled. But it was the senior, Perry Ellis, who kept Kansas from being completely run out of the building. He finished with 21 points and seven boards.
Ellis is the closest thing Kansas has to a star, but he's still not a guy who can get his own shot whenever he wants. While Self has multiple weapons, he doesn't boast one true superstar, and that could hurt him come March.
Diallo a work in progress: Cheick Diallo checked into the game for the first time with 1:23 left in the first half, and the only reason was because Jamari Traylor picked up his third foul, and Landen Lucas already had two fouls.
Diallo played three more minutes in the second half and was ineffective. He finished with no points, one rebound and two fouls. While there's no question he plays with intensity and ferocity, Self just isn't quite comfortable handing Diallo long minutes just yet, and it's easy to see why.
No, he's not trying to motivate the heralded freshman. Diallo just isn't ready.
While Kansas has a plethora of big bodies, the freshmen (Diallo and Carlton Bragg) aren't ready yet -- and the veterans are somewhat limited (besides Ellis, of course).
Weather effect: Tickets for the anticipated matchup were sold out, but snow hit during the afternoon and the local roads were gridlocked before the start of the game. Many of the fans trickled into the building during the first half, but there were plenty of no-shows. "People come from all over the state," Huggins told me before the game. "There will be a lot that don't come."
But West Virginia's student section was on display, as usual, and it's one of the best in the country. It might not have been filled, but the Coliseum was a significant home-court advantage, as West Virginia won its third straight against Kansas in Morgantown.