"Against Oklahoma, Jabarie makes three of his first four shots and then misses his last six,'' Huggins said. "Dom [Rutledge] misses a wide-open layup and then we have three 2-on-1s and don't finish any of them.
"And the crazy thing about it, because we were going to try to play faster, we've worked more on 2-on-1s and 3-on-2s and 4-on-3s than we have since I've been here.''
There should be plenty of those opportunities tonight against VMI, which is 10th in the country in scoring at 85.3 points per game, and obviously tends to play at a fast pace.
A win, of course, would be great medicine for the Mountaineers, who after tonight have a week off before the annual game with Marshall in Charleston next Wednesday. That begins a rapid-fire stretch of six games in 18 days before the Christmas break. Going into that on a three-game losing streak would not be ideal.
Regardless of the outcome tonight, though, Huggins isn't afraid of losing his team in a string of disheartening losses.
"We're not going to lose it. In 31 years we've never lost it,'' Huggins said. "You've got to learn from your mistakes.
"If it was just one guy you could fix it. But it's been a whole bunch of different guys. But we're learning. We did a better job of running offense in practice [Monday] than we have all year. We've got to score points.''
But the two teams do have a long history because both were members of the Southern Conference in the 1950s and '60s. West Virginia owns a 42-5 advantage in the series.
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