The problem is that through 10 games Huggins has found very few players who are reliable in the long term, so he works each game to find the ones who might be playing well that night.
"I thought when I came here that we probably weren't going to have the five best players in our league, probably not even close,'' Huggins said. "But maybe we have the 10 best and we can wear people down. We can get out and pressure and make everything hard, make every pass hard, and just wear them down. And to a degree we have. But this team is just not consistent. We'll have somebody do a really good thing and then they'll do a really stupid thing.''
As such, the Mountaineers might have Kevin Noreen scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds against Virginia Tech and then disappearing for three games. Jabarie Hinds will take over a game for brief stretches and then try to do it and miss everything he shoots (4 for 21 in one three-game stretch). Murray will be suspended for an attitude and then have an all-world performance when he returns against Oakland.
And then there's Deniz Kilicli, who against Marshall was as good as he's ever been with 21 points. In the last two games he has been a liability who was benched for virtually the entire second half of both games.
"But at least Deniz knows he's not been playing very well,'' Huggins said. "We have a couple in there who [won't admit that].''
In Radford, the Mountaineers will face a team that, like the Mountaineers, will use its bench and doesn't shoot the ball very well (41.7 percent). A pair of sophomores, 6-4 forward Javonte Green and 6-foot guard R.J. Price lead the Highlanders in scoring, each averaging about 13 points.
Radford also starts 6-5, 205-pound sophomore Kyle Noreen, the younger brother of WVU's Kevin. He averages 4.4 points and 4.8 rebounds. The Highlanders are coached by Mike Jones, who was an assistant under John Beilein at Richmond and came with him to West Virginia for a year.
Jones is the first of two consecutive former WVU assistants who will coach at the Coliseum. Eastern Kentucky's coach is former Beilein assistant Jeff Neubauer.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.