The best bets might be throwing the ball inside to Kilicli and Murray, getting guard penetration from Hinds and Gary Brown and relying on what Huggins feels is vastly improved outside shooting, perhaps some of it from Humphrey, the grad student transfer who was second in scoring last season for Boston College.
"And I think we can score in transition, which we haven't been able to do,'' Huggins said. "Let's be honest, if we were two-on-one there was just as good a chance we'd throw it away as get a shot. But with [Staten] and with Jabarie's experience and Gary Brown's experience we'll be a whole lot better.''
The only down side so far, Huggins said, has been some nagging injuries to all of the transfers (Murray's back, Staten's knee and Humphrey's shoulder], but he hopes all are ready by the Nov. 12 opener at Gonzaga.
The team will hold an open scrimmage and fan event a week from tonight at the Coliseum and will play its only public exhibition game Nov. 6 against Glenville State.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.
Team (first-place votes) Points
1. Kansas (9) 81
2. Baylor (1) 63
3. Oklahoma State 60
4. Texas 58
5. Kansas State 54
6. West Virginia 45
7. Oklahoma 34
8. Iowa State 28
9. Texas Tech 18
10. TCU 9
Nine points were awarded for first place, eight for second, etc.; Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own team.