Virginia Tech treated Murray and Noreen exactly the same, but so had other teams. That those two drained the shots should, if nothing else, assure that they won't be given the same uncontested looks in the future. And that can't help but open the interior of those defenses.
But will it become a staple of West Virginia's offense? Huggins actually seemed so shocked that Noreen, especially, was able to do what he did against Tech that he's not entirely sure how to go from here.
"Kevin's never even shot the ball in practice,'' Huggins said. "It's not like he went out and did something in a game that he'd never done in a game. He hadn't done it at all. But if he can step into shots and makes shots the way he did the other day, he'd better shoot them.''
Noreen does have the ability to shoot from the outside on his resume. Playing at his tiny Minnesota high school he was the third-leading 3-pointer shooter in the history of that state's high schools. But through two injury-plagued seasons here he'd tried only one.
"We had an intrasquad scrimmage [in November] because we had such a big gap between games and he made one there, but he only shot one,'' Huggins said. "I just thought he was confused about where he was on the floor when he shot that one.''
Don't expect Noreen and Murray to be spotting up out there on every possession like some latter-day Kevin Pittsnogle because they just aren't natural-born shooters. Murray tends to put up line drives with little arc and Noreen's shot redefines ugly.
But if they go in ...
"You don't want them shooting shots that are going to lead to a fast break at the other end, but as long as they're in the context of what you're trying to do, they're just like the rest of them,'' Huggins said. "We may be better off having those guys shoot and our guards rebound. I don't know.''
If nothing else, Huggins figures to ride the tide to at least some degree. He's fond of saying that he'll usually let players do something until they prove they can't and this might be another example.
"I think they can,'' Huggins said. "I've always thought Aaric Murray could make those. I'd never seen Kevin Noreen shoot them. It was as much a surprise to me as it was anyone else.''
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