"I really don't want to talk about anything that happened,'' Murray said. "I'd rather just put it in the past and look forward.''
Huggins would prefer to do that, too, but that's not up to him. As long as Murray stays on the straight and narrow and works hard, Huggins won't have any complaints. To date, though, that hasn't been the case.
"Honestly, Aaric will have a couple of good days and then he'll have a real bad day,'' Huggins said. "He kind of mirrors our team in a lot of ways. He can't handle prosperity.''
If he can learn to do that, though, and stay in Huggins' good graces and on the floor, it will certainly be a huge help to a West Virginia team that desperately needs to string together some good games before the start of Big 12 play. They get another chance with a 4 p.m. game against Radford at the Coliseum on Saturday, then a final pre-conference home game with Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 30.
Murray's availability and performance has become even more critical of late because he is really the only big man West Virginia has who is playing well. Senior Deniz Kilicli has put together a string of simply awful performances since his 21-point outburst against Marshall. In the four games since then, Kilicli has 11 points and is 4-for-18 shooting. Kilicli has started every game, but that's not likely to continue given that Huggins benched him for all or most of the second half of the last two games.
Kevin Noreen hasn't stepped up, either, with just six points and eight rebounds in the three games since his 14-point, 12-rebound day against Virginia Tech.
Murray, though, showed he could do a little bit of everything against Oakland, making a 3-pointer and at times dominating defensively. He certainly has the talent to keep it going if he can just stay in the lineup and out of Huggins' doghouse. He knows how important the latter is.
"I've been hearing that since I got here, that he's not going to take it from you,'' Murray said. "He's had great players before and he didn't take it from them.''
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