MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - In the second half of his team's 67-57 loss to Oklahoma Saturday, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins watched forward Deniz Kilicli miss an easy layup while being fouled.
Huggins walked toward his team's radio setup, gunning for a water bottle, and shook his head.
Later, with 53.2 seconds left, a partisan crowd of 12,112 walked out of the Coliseum likewise shaking their heads.
Another loss. Another collapse. Another cold-shooting performance. Another collection of fundamental mistakes.
Many point to WVU's bad shooting, which is certainly a major factor. The Mountaineers (7-6) are now shooting 39.7 percent for the season and 28.7 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
But there are more flaws than that. Many more.
There's a lack of mental toughness. Just look at Saturday's WVU loss. The Mountaineers were up by 12 - and lost by 10 at home. Freshman Terry Henderson cooled and WVU folded. The Mountaineers didn't scrap. Instead, they bungled.
"I think a lot of times in conference games it comes down to the 50-50 balls, the second shot opportunities and just getting that rebound," said OU coach Lon Kruger.
Oklahoma steeled. WVU wilted.
Within that lack of mental toughness is an absence of killer instinct.
"Other teams get a lead on us and try to step on our throat," said WVU guard Jabarie Hinds. "We need to do the same."
"We got too comfortable and just lost it," Henderson said.
Within the awful shooting is the penchant for missing easy shots, bunnies. It's rather amazing and stupefying.
"I have no idea why that happens," Hinds said. "Coach runs plays to get the ball to certain players to get the ball as close as possible to the basket. It's our job just to put it in. I have no idea why the shots aren't falling. We've got to make layups."
Is it like that in practice?
"Some days," Hinds said. "It's not consistent."
The collapses point to a conditioning problem, although Hinds disagrees.
"We were tired [Saturday], but we have enough guys to sub in and out," he said.