CONWAY, S.C.–Inside the HTC Center on Thursday night, it was a sea of gold and blue in the stands, cheering on West Virginia in the opening game of the Myrtle Beach Invitational.
One can only assume that will be the theme as the weekend goes on.
It didn’t come as a surprise to Mountaineers’ head coach Bob Huggins, who knows how passionate WVU fans are about their team.
“West Virginia people are great,” he said. “It’s really a neat thing and I said this often. You don’t have to go to WVU, you just have to be from West Virginia to be a WVU fan. It just comes with the territory. People have to live and have jobs so people end up moving.”
It doesn’t matter if it is South Carolina, Texas, New York or across the seas, WVU fans turn out in hoards to support their team.
“I feel like we have some of the best fans in college basketball,” senior forward Esa Ahmad said. “Everywhere we go, we have fans. We went to Germany; we had mad fans out there. It was unbelievable. We love our fans and want to go out there and give 110 percent for them.”
Playing in front of a large crowd of Mountaineer fans gives the players a sense of being at home.
“Our fans are amazing, “junior guard Beetle Bolden said. “They do a good job of traveling. We are lucky to have a fan base like ours. It makes every game feel like home.”
WVU plays Western Kentucky on Friday at 9 p.m. (ET).
Cover Photo Credit: Ashley O’Brien, BGS